Respect for the safety distance, both on the road and in the city, it is a way to ensure the necessary space to be able to brake for any unforeseen event without suffering a collision by range or with the car that precedes us or with the one that precedes us.
This simple gesture can be affected by several factors outside the driver or the vehicle, like the weather and the condition of the road, so you have to be proactive and increase your distance when it rains or the terrain seems slippery.
But on the other hand, there are factors that are in the driver’s hand to avoid affecting safety. The condition and maintenance of the vehicle is one of them. According to the information published by the General Directorate of Traffic, there are several elements of the mechanics of a vehicle that directly influence the extra meters that are traveled when braking.
For example, if we drive on a highway at 120 kilometers per hour, the braking distance that is covered from the moment the driver reacts until the car is immobilized is about 81 meters on average. To this distance must be added the 39 meters that are covered during the driver’s reaction time.
As well, in the case of driving with tires in poor condition, this stopping distance can be increased by five meters (or 6%). But it depends on the amount of wear. In the event that the drawing is less than 2 millimeters, the distance is lengthened up to 10 meters more.
Shock absorbers and brakes, key
Circulate with unchecked brakes a danger to all. A worn braking system increases the distance required to immobilize the car by 25%, which translates to 20 meters.
However, worn shock absorbers are one of the most influential elements: they can increase the braking distance by 35%, so they will travel up to 28 meters more than the average, which could cause an accident by reaching the preceding vehicle.