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Stopping Distances

Students are shown the impact of differing speeds, reaction time and vehicle traction on the length of time that it takes to stop a vehicle. They are given the opportunity to travel in a vehicle, driven by a licensed driving instructor, as well as observe from outside. The importance of the condition of the vehicle is emphasised along with the impact of road conditions.

Food for thought...

How often do you look down at your spedometre to find you are 5kms over the limit? Does a couple of extra kilometres/hour really make a difference?

Do you change your driving to suit the conditions of the road?





Session Aim

Through experiential learning, to allow students to compare what they think they know about the distance it takes a vehicle to stop with actual stopping distance demonstrations.

Learning Outcomes

At the conclusion of this session, students will:
• understand the importance and application of the 3 second rule
• understand the impact that speed has as a multiplying effect on the distance required to stop safely
• understand why different speed zones exist

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