Dangerous Driving Behaviors
- Tailgating other driver
- Ignoring pedestrian or cyclists right of ways
- Failing to pay attention to road markings or traffic control devices
- Driving under the influence of drugs or alcohol
- Doing anything while driving that causes you as a driver to take your hands off the wheel/eyes off the road or mind off the driving task
- Driving drowsy (which is not necessarily illegal but can cause bad driving and lead to crashes)
- Many people speed.
- Speeding makes every crash worse.
- Over 150 people were killed in crashes in Maryland alone as a direct result of speeding.
How Long Does It Take Your Vehicle To Stop?
- At 25 miles per hour: 27 ft to REACT -> 32 ft to STOP = 59 total ft
- At 35 miles per hour: 38 ft to REACT -> 63 ft to STOP = 101 total ft
- At 45 miles per hour: 50 ft to REACT -> 104 ft to STOP = 154 total ft
KEEP IN MIND: The times described above are in the best conditions.
Bad weather, road conditions, and traffic can all impact stopping distance.
The condition of the vehicle’s brakes and the size of a vehicle may also increase stopping distances.
Poorly paved roads can also extend stopping distance.