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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
Drugs Road Conditions
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