The average stopping distance, for cars travelling at 30 miles per hour, is equivalent to six car lengths (Carbuyer September 2020: https://www.carbuyer.co.uk/tips-and-advice/147841/stopping-distances-explained). But drivers should consider other factors that could increase this further:
Let’s find out why that is …
At any given time your tires have an area of grip with the road the size of a small envelope.
The effectiveness of this contact can be affected by poor weather and road surfaces which play a crucial role in tire traction and braking performance.
Many rear end shunts are caused by braking in panic, as any drivers behind you won't have enough ‘space or time’ to stop…
Events like this are more frequent when drivers are following too closely and high speeds are involved.
The later a driver is forced to brake when approaching a hazardous situation, the more dangerous it becomes.
Here are some easy-to-use braking tips;
By braking early and progressively... you enhance safety and create ‘space and time’ to react. Plus, your brake lights signal to other drivers that you are slowing down.
On approach to corners / turns, brake in a straight line before the corner (braking in a turn is to be avoided).
Avoid hard braking by:
- Being observant
- Leaving plenty of space
- Keeping to a safe speed
Let's make the UK's roads safer, together.