Understanding the time it takes your car to slow down to a halt is part of a basic driving test.

But do you really understand what these are?

Do you really drive you car and compensate correctly for bad weather conditions?

Aequitas Automtoive Limited asked a straw pole of over 500 drivers if they could quote the stopping distances.

This was divided into two categories recently passed drivers and those who had been driving or over 10 years or more. Worryingly drivers who had been on the roads for the longest where over 45 % less able to quote the official HighWay Code figures.

We all drive and sometimes it seems on auto pilot but when was the last time you stopped to think about your stopping distances. After all with the bad weather we should all be paying more attention on the roads and highways.

  • If you are driving at 20 MPH it will take you up to 6 meters for the average drive to think about braking and then a further 6 meters to be able to bring your car to a stop. That is the average length of 3 cars.
  • If you are driving at 30 MPH it will take you up to 9 meters for the average drive to think about braking and then a further 14 meters to be able to bring your car to a stop. That is the average length of six cars.
  • If you are driving at 40 MPH it will take you up to 12 meters for the average drive to think about braking and then a further 24 meters to be able to bring your car to a stop. That is the average length of nine cars.
  • If you are driving your 50 MPH it will take you up to 15 meters for the average drive to think about braking and then a further 38 meters to be able to bring your car to a stop. That is the average length of thirteen cars.

By the time you are diving on the motor way this has increased to a staggering 21 meters for the average drive to think about braking and then a further 75 meters to be able to bring your car to a stop. That is a massive 24 cars lengths.

We all know that bad weather, rain and especially ice can make your car react much slower and in some cases unpredictably so these average stopping distances can almost double and in some conditions be even more.

So please during this festive season if your are driving your car allow extra time  for your journey and make sure that you have a happy and safe Christmas.