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Stopping Distances for a car
Stopping Distances for a car

If you’ve been driving for a fair few years, it’s unlikely that all the details of that theory test you had to sit are still fresh in your mind. Many of us slip into bad habits when we’re out on the road regularly and definitely don’t drive as if we have a driving instructor or examiner in the car.

According to the RAC, there are 10 common driving habits that people pick up behind the wheel which are not only potentially dangerous but they can also cause damage to your vehicle.

Bad driving habits such as riding the clutch, putting your car into reverse while still moving and resting your hand on the gear stick are all examples that can cause wear and tear on your car.

Late braking is the number one bad habit many drivers pick up, causing unnecessary damage to their pads and discs and even the braking system as a whole. This perhaps also proves that many of us have forgotten one of the toughest things on our road theory test – calculating stopping distances.

Telematics insurance brand WiseDriving, recently launched a fun quiz to test your knowledge of stopping distances. The quiz encourages people to understand how certain behaviours promote safer driving.

You can try the WiseDriving stopping distance quiz here – test your knowledge and challenge your friends who drive too. Many people think of wet roads and ice as the only factors that affect your braking speed in a car. The quiz also tests your knowledge on what other factors can impact stopping distances, from weather to distractions while driving. Tiredness, drugs and alcohol can also affect how long it takes for your car to come to a stop.

Stopping distances come into play every time you head out on the road, everything from the weather to whether you’re listening to music loudly has an impact on them. In fact, distractions and weather conditions are just two of the top five reasons for why many collisions occur.

Brushing up on those theory test questions can make you a better driver overall. Calm and controlled braking can also help if you have telematics insurance as this is something you’re measured on and if done well, could see you enjoy a lower price for your car insurance. So knowing your theory test questions could also save you money!

It’s time to pick up that theory test book again, challenge yourself on the basics and ensure you’re navigating the roads safely in the future.