Stopping distances

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  • Created on: 30-03-15 10:28

Many factors affect your total stopping distance

If you need to stop in a given disance, then the faster a vehicle is going , the bigger the breaking force needed

For any given breaking force the faster you are going, the greater your stopping distance.

If your maximum breaking force isn't enough - you'll go further before you stop

TOTAL STOPPING DISTANCE OF A VEHICLE - Distance covered in the time between the driver first spotting the hazard to the vehicle coming to a complete stop...

STOPPING DISTANCE - Thinking distance + breaking distance

THINKING DISTANCE affected by 2 main factors:

1) How fast you're going - whatever your reaction time, the faster you're going the further you'll go

2) How dopey you are - affected by tiredness, drugs, alcohol and


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