GCSE Physics

Thinking Factors

There are many factors that affect how rapidly you are able to react to a hazard. Here are a selection:

TirednessYour brain thinks slower - you will not be able to apply the brakes as quickly.
AlcoholBeing under the influence - even legally - seriously alters how well you can judge hazards. Your body also moves less accurately. Late or missed braking results!
DrugsMost drugs make you less alert and less aware of hazards. Even legal pain-killers and hay-fever tablets can seriously affect reaction times.
DistractionsIn-car distractions (e.g. very loud music, mobile phones, crying babies, etc.) take your mind off the road ahead.

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