You're driving on a rain-slickened, single-lane highway with your one-year-old toddler securely buckled in her car seat behind you. It's been raining all day, and the roads are slick, so of course you have your stability control system engaged. You drive into a small valley, unaware that you've picked up a little too much downhill momentum into the curve ahead. As you near the curve, your daughter cries out for her bottle. You take your eyes off the road for a second to fish through your bag. When you look up, you're startled to see a pickup truck darting out of a blind driveway. You swerve to avoid the pickup, and the rear end of your car begins to "fishtail." Just then, with no effort on your part, the stability control system kicks in. Braking force is applied to the appropriate wheels, and the car slows until the fishtailing ceases. You accelerate up the other side of the hill and proceed on your way. Disaster averted. Stability control may have just saved your life and the life of your child.