Know your Braking Distances?

Could You Stop In Time?

We always have days that we are rushing and need to get somewhere quickly, so we go a little too fast, ignore keeping a safe braking distance or even jump on the road rage wagon! We all do this at one time or an other, but if we know the facts, even if it’s a split-second difference, (which can be all the difference!) we can be much safer on the roads.

Many people significantly underestimate the distance it takes for their car to come to a complete stop when braking in an emergency. So we hope you enjoy this post about the braking distances of our cars.

What Factors Impact On Braking?
Stop_Sign_StoryThere are a number of environmental factors that impact safe braking distances, including…

  • Speed
  • Road Condition
  • Weather Conditions
  • Driver Fatigue

The NRMA tested old and new sedans and 4WDs to see how quickly they stopped in an emergency braking situation. The cars were tested at various speeds on wet and dry roads.

The table below shows the extra distance (in metres) the older cars took to stop, compared to the new model vehicles for each test.

                                   Old v new sedans                       Old v new 4WDs

50 km/h dry                        3m                                                        5m
50 km/h wet                       2m                                                        3m
60 km/h dry                        4m                                                        9m
60 km/h wet                       3m                                                       13m
110 km/h dry                    14m                                                       33m
110 km/h wet                   30m                                                       38m
New cars have improved suspension, tyre and braking technology, ensuring they stop more quickly in an emergency. Added features like ABS also offer real advantages to the average driver, helping them feel more in control when they must suddenly apply their brakes and bring their car to a halt. However even with the improved features of newer vehicles, all drivers must adjust their speed and driving style to suit the environmental conditions.

What Mechanical Factors Effect Vehicle Braking?
As you can see, there are a number of environmental factors such as speed and road conditions that can effect the safe braking of your car. However, there are also a number of mechanical factors can impact on the braking capacity of a vehicle, including:

Grimy windscreens can also impact on your ability to clearly see any danger or obstacles on the road ahead.

Your local Repco Authorised Service Centre is fully qualified to diagnose any mechanical safety issues your vehicle may have. Our 62 Safety Point Report will give you piece of mind where your families safety is concerned.

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