Stopping Distances

Stopping Distances

Keeping the appropriate stopping distance from the vehicle in front is very important, also known as the 2 second rule. You never know what the vehicle in front may always do, so keep your distance and whatever happens in front at least you will be able to stop in time.

An easy formula to work out the overall stopping distance can be done in feet. On your theory test, the multiple choice answers will be given in both feet and metres.

These figure are typical stopping distances as there are many things that could contribute to an increased overall stopping distance, such as the thinking distance can differ considerably depending on what state the person is i. Age is the obvious one. Naturally there comes a point in your life when your ability to think starts to slow down. Tiredness is a massive killer on the roads, so not being alert and on the ball will mean an overall longer stopping distance. Medication, drugs and alcohol are also substances that can slow down our ability to think quickly.

Other factors that could affect the braking distance:

* Car brakes. Worn brake pads or discs can contribute to a longer braking distance
* Tyre tread, remember 1.6mm across 3/4 of the tyre is the minimum tread depth – more is better.
* Road surface conditions. Rain, Ice, Snow and even lots of leafs on the road can increase the braking distance.
* The weight of the car, people load in the car and it’s contents.

As mentioned earlier, one of the most important factors when considering your stopping distance will be the road conditions and weather. For example, if you are driving in the rain, your stopping distance will double than if the road was dry and up to 10x if you are driving on ice and snow. This makes it vital for you to be even more alert and take into account the circumstances you are in.

If you would like more information on Stopping Distances, then ask your Peak Driving driving instructor or call us today.