GMC talked about the safety benefits provided by StabiliTrak with traction control technology, which is offered as standard on the 2011 GMC Terrain. GMC dubs this safety feature as the “control freak” as it is an advanced, computer-controlled system that helps with directional control in hard driving conditions. StabiliTrak is activated once the computer senses a difference between the intended path and the direction that the vehicle is traveling. To help steer the vehicle in the right direction, StabiliTrak may apply braking pressure to the brakes or it may reduce the engine power.
These moves occur in milliseconds without requiring any driver input. Performance integration engineer Bret Dick, who helped develop StabiliTrak, said, “The best crash is the crash you avoid." He said that active safety systems such as StabiliTrak with traction control are meant to keep the GMC Terrain on the road while avoiding spinouts.
He added that this technology will be developed further to increase road safety. The Insurance Institute for Highway Safety said that electronic stability control systems like StabiliTrak have cut the risk of being involved in a fatal crash by 33% in the past decade. In fact, it’s considered to be the most significant safety feature since the safety belt was developed. The GMC Terrain also offers other safety features like the head curtain side air bags and OnStar’s Automatic Crash Response, which alerts first responders to get medical assistance on site immediately.