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Did you know that if you travel at 80kph in a 60kph zone, you’re up to 32 times more likely to have a serious accident than if you drove at the speed limit?

Did you know that if you double your speed, your stopping distance will be 4 times longer!!!?

Here are some approximate speeds and stopping distances for a car with good brakes and tyresto completely STOP on a good condition dry road: (these distances factor in a minimum 1 second reaction time, albeit some people may take longer to react, given distractions such as mobile phones, stereos etc) 

40 km/h – 15 metres

50 km/h – 35 metres

60 km/h – 45 metres

80 km/h – 70 metres

100 km/h – 140 metres

These stopping distances can more than DOUBLE in wet weather.  This is why the “safe travelling distance” rule is to remain 2-3 seconds behind the car in front of you no matter what the speed.  The way to measure this is to choose a fixed object on the side of the road; a sign, tree, bridge, then count the seconds between the vehicle in front passing it and your vehicle reaching it.  The FATAL mistake most people make is to think this distance should be 2-3 car lengths, NOT seconds – this is way too close for you to react to an incident in front of you.  It is also important to remember that upon an incident occurring in front of you, it will take you 1-3 seconds to physically register and react, this further increases your breaking and stopping distance!!
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The chances of having a serious crash are at their highest between the hours of 10 pm and 6 am. Friday and Saturday nights are still the highest fatality days of the week. For young drivers, the first 6 to 12 months of having their driver’s licence is the most at-risk time, as they become established as Solo drivers.