###### Asked in Rules of the RoadPhysics

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# What is thinking distance?

## Answer

###### Wiki User

###### February 29, 2012 6:36PM

Thinking distace is when a driver has to brake, it takes time for him to react. In that fraction of a second, the car can travel many metres.

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### What are thinking and braking distances?

Thinking distance is The time it takes for the driver to apply
force to the breaks. This can be affected by levels of toxocation.
For example, blood alcohol levels. Breaking distance however is the
distance traveled after the breaks have been applied. This can be
effected by wether conditions on the road like ice.

###### Asked in Cars & Vehicles, Rules of the Road, Physics

### How would the thinking distance be greater than the braking distance with a car?

I am trying to understand your question and interpret it as
meaning: How does the reaction time affect the breaking distance of
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example: If you are too close to the car in front of you and they
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### How are thinking and braking distance linked?

When you will observe the road far ahead of the front end of
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solidified in one desperate move: to avoid a collision.

###### Asked in Math and Arithmetic, Length and Distance

### Why is the meters or centimeters a poor choice?

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If you are thinking of the distance from the earth to the sun,
then there are more convenient units. Even so, using scientific
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In general, they are not.
If you are thinking of the distance from the earth to the sun,
then there are more convenient units. Even so, using scientific
notation, that is a trivial problem.
In general, they are not.
If you are thinking of the distance from the earth to the sun,
then there are more convenient units. Even so, using scientific
notation, that is a trivial problem.