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Clark Howard's wild ride!

  • HLN's money expert visited Consumer Reports' auto test track
  • He learned about a key safety feature that could save your life

You may not know much about electronic stability control, but know this: It could save your life on the road.

The system -- which goes by different names depending on the automaker -- takes various measurements of the car's balance and traction and applies the brakes automatically when it senses a problem.

ESC is now standard on all vehicles, but that didn't start until the 2012 model year. So, if you're shopping for a used car, it's important to ask whether the car has electronic stability control.

How important? Jake Fisher, director of auto testing for Consumer Reports, calls electronic stability control "the biggest safety feature since the seatbelt."

HLN money expert Clark Howard recently visited the Consumer Reports test track in Connecticut. With Fisher behind the wheel, Clark took a wild ride to find out what kind of difference electronic stability control can make!

Check out much more from Clark's visit to the Consumer Reports test track, and the advice he has for all of you, this week on Evening Express.



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