Originally Posted by Zubeneschamali
So you are better than the ABS system at sensing wheel spin and lock-up?
You are either superhuman or your ABS is broken.
No, I never said that. You're putting words in my internet mouth.
I said I believe that my ABS continued to prevent me from braking, causing the car to speed up on the hill, when the grip issue had passed. I was forced to intervene and slow the wheels myself.
I didn't sense wheel spin, I didn't sense lock-up, and I didn't sense grip. I was, however, sure as hell forced to try for grip myself, which I thankfully found under engine braking. This was brought about, not by some quick mechanical reasoning, but by my decision to come to a complete stop off the main road, rather than to attempt controlling the situation using the brakes. Plan B was a slightly blind turn up another hill into an estate (just before where I stopped) if grip continued to fail.
ABS is an excellent system, but it's still a computer governed by rules. It is not a replacement for driving skill. I'm not saying I'm a particularly skilled driver, but I had a good instructor and I maintain that my habit (note: not quick-thinking, habit) of always using the gears when I plan to come to a complete stop, stopped me from having an accident on that occasion.