Speeding Response Times
October is Pedestrian Safety Awareness Month. Speeding affects your ability to stop.
Speeding directly affects reaction time and thinking distance to stop (even if you are alert and attentive). The faster your vehicle is traveling, the greater the distance you will travel before you can react to a hazardous situation.
The following equation illustrates this principle: Take the first digit of your speed and add it to your speed to calculate the distance the vehicle will travel before you can react to a dangerous or hazardous situation.
For example, at 60 MPH, the vehicle will travel 66 feet before braking begins in response to driver reaction (60 MPH + 6 = 66 feet). At 70 MPH, the vehicle will travel 77 feet before driver response. At 60 MPH, a vehicle will travel approximately 200 feet, once braking begins, to come to a stop. As you can see, the faster the vehicle is traveling, the greater the distance the vehicle will travel before the driver can respond and brake for a hazardous occurrence.
Speeding vehicles are dangerous instrumentalities, and other factors increase the dangers associated with speeding. Speeding becomes more dangerous because of: a) fatigue b) inclement weather (rain, heavy fog) c) heavy traffic d) vehicle condition e) road condition f) pre-occupied and inattentive drivers g) intoxication.
If you leave late, or you are running late for an appointment, expect to arrive late. Do not try to make up time by speeding. Additionally, avoid distraction while driving, such as: talking on cell phone, eating, reading, disciplining children and planning activities.
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