The best way to use antilock brakes in an emergency is to firmly apply and maintain continuous pressure on the brake pedal while you steer away from obstacles. Anti-lock brake systems use very intelligent sensors to automatically pump the brakes up to 18 times per second. Steer normally. The primary benefit of having an anti-lock brake system is that it doesn't allow your front wheels to lock, which causes loss of steering control. Do not jerk the wheel. Jerking the wheel is a natural thing to do, but with ABS your car will respond to steering input and go off to the side and not slide into an accident.