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Cars and Stopping Distance

No matter how quickly a driver reacts, the vehicle will still travel some distance before it comes to a stop. This is known as the vehicle’s stopping distance. The exact distance it takes for a given vehicle to come to a stop depends on factors like the vehicle’s weight, the weather conditions, and the speed. Any experienced driver should understand stopping distance intuitively, but that does not stop some people from driving recklessly.

After the brakes are pressed, a vehicle can keep moving for hundreds of feet at highway speeds. If the road is slick, or if the vehicle’s tires are old, stopping distance will increase substantially. One of the points repeatedly emphasized in every driving safety course is that drivers should adjust their speed and distance from other cars to suit the conditions. There are cases where that may be difficult, but in general it is just common sense.

Some drivers choose to put their passengers and other people on the road at risk by driving too fast or aggressively for the conditions. If they and their passengers are involved in an accident, the driver who drove recklessly can be held responsible for the consequences of their decision.

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