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Stopping Distance Graph

braking and thinking distances graph

Plotting graphs of thinking and braking distances together with their sum (stopping distance), concludes our analysis.

Stopping distance increases rapidly due to the need for long braking distances, particularly at high speeds.

The thinking distance is shown increasing propotionally with speed. Although it is a small part of the overall stopping distance, even at 70 mph you travel 20 m before you even hit the brakes!

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