What you need to understand about stopping distance

Posted by: Cal on 18/04/2013

Category: General

If you have been driving for a while you are probably familiar with the idea of 'stopping distance', but it's possible that you don't quite understand what this term means and how important it is.

Stopping distance, or braking distance, essentially refers to the distance that your car will travel after you have slammed on the brakes, before your vehicle comes to a full stop.

The stopping distance of your car is pretty important as sometimes it can mean the difference between a minor incident or a serious crash.

Say that a small child or animal runs across the road and you are not expecting it. At moments like this it is important that your car has a short stopping distance and that it comes to a complete halt as quickly as possible.

A lot of things can affect the stopping distance of your vehicle, including the weight of the car, the slickness of the road and the speed at which you are travelling.

However one of the most critical factors to take into account is the condition of your car tyres. Worn out or bald tyres will have a much longer stopping distance than those that are in good shape.

That is why it is important that you are taking your car in for regular tyre maintenance, to ensure that your tyres are in good, safe condition.

With winter on our doorsteps and the impending arrival of wet weather and slippery roads, now is a great time to check whether or not your tyres are looking worn out or dangerous.

If they are, then it might be time to consider replacing them to ensure that you have a safe and happy time on the roads in 2013.