IGCSE Physics- Stopping Distances

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  • Created on: 17-02-14 13:29

Stopping Distances

Many factors affect the total Stopping Distance.

The stopping distance of a car is the distance covered in the time between the friver seeing a hazard and the car coming to a complete stop. 

The factor are;

1. Thinking Distance

This is affected by two things

  • How fast you're going- The faster you're going, the further you'll go, meaning more time for the car to come to a complete stop
  • How 'dopey' you are- Things such as tiredness, drugs, alcohol, old age, inexperience etc. can all effect your reaction time. 

2. Braking Distance


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