Stopping Distance

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Breaking Distance & Stopping Distance
Thinking Distance ­ is the distance travelled before the breaks are applied.
Breaking Distance ­ is the distance travelled whilst the breaks are being applied.
Stopping Distance ­ Both together is the stopping distance ­ the sum of thinking and breaking distance.
Stopping distance = thinking distance + Breaking distance
Thinking Distance Breaking Distance
Speed Speed
Drugs Road Conditions
Alcohol Weather
Distractions Tyres
Medication Condition of Breaks
Factors that may increase stopping distance:
The graph below shows how the speed of the car affects the thinking distance and the breaking distance.
The greater the speed of the car:
The greater the breaking force needed in a certain distance
The greater the distance to stop the car with a certain breaking force


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