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'08 Escape skipping on wet road?

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I was out the other night, it had rained lightly so the road was wet. No puddles to speak of just wet. The car in front of me stopped quickly, so I hit my brake harder than usual. But the Escape didn't stop it (for a lack of a better word) skipped for about ten or so feet. Luckily, I didn't hit anyone. When I was clear in traffic and no one was around, I hit the brake to stop quickly and it happened again. I don't really know much about cars, is there an issue with the tires or the brakes or both?

The tires may be the original set but I'm not sure. It's an 2008 Escape with 40,000 miles.

Any help steering me in the right direction would be appreciated.
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What jonas said above.
In the situation you described, if your car had no ABS you would certainly hit the car in the front.
ABS is a great thing because not only prevents the wheels from locking, minimizing the stopping distance, but it allows one to steer safely while braking hard, something which is almost impossible without ABS.
In cold winter climates switching to winter tires shorten a lot the braking distance, be it on wet or dry tarmac.
There are, of course, situations where the ABS is not recommended but these are unique cases and do not apply to every day driving.
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