Speed affects stopping distance

Speed affects stopping distance

On Behalf of | Aug 23, 2021 | Car Accident |

One of the most important safe driving practices for Florida residents is observing speed limits. This can be difficult in certain congested driving situations, but it is still a basic priority. The speed limit is set using specific criteria from the Florida DOT, and it generally applies first to truck drivers for one specific reason. Truckers face a constant accident avoidance issue based on their rate of speed and stopping distance. However, the same situations actually apply to all Florida drivers.

Choosing an optimum speed

The fact that a speed limit sign is posted in a certain stretch of the roadway does not mean it is the suggested speed limit. There are actually suggested speed limits in certain locations that are lower than the maximum. These signs typically are posted in curved road sections and are an indicator that there could be unforeseen stopping distance issues shortly down the highway. Failure to observe and maintain these safe speed suggestions also commonly leads to causing motor vehicle accidents.

Tailgating avoidance

A second issue that involves stopping distance and avoiding motor vehicle accidents is how close drivers follow other motorists when in transit. Also known as “tailgating,” this not only applies on the open road, but it probably applies more often in reduced speed zones while driving in town. Many drivers follow much too closely even at low speeds, and sometimes cognitive distractions can cause drivers to take their eyes off of the road. Even being distracted for a split second can be a factor in a rear-end accident.

Driving defensively is not only a good practice on the open road, but it is also good behavior in reduced-speed situations that are common when schools are in session.