Buick RIVIERA 1993 Owner Manual

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Control of a Vehicle

You have three systems that make your vehicle go where you want it. to go. They are the brakes. the steering and the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tires meet the road.

Sometimes. as when you 're driving on snow or ice, it's easy to ask more of these control systems than the tires and road can provide. That means you can lose control of your vehicle.

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Braking

Braking action involves Ewegtion time and reaction elite

First. you have to decide to push on the brake pedal.

That‘s mm Then you have to bring up your foot and do it. That’s reaction time.

Avemge reaction time is about 3:4 of a second. But that‘s onIy an average. It might be ]ess with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more with another. Age. physical condition. alertness. coordination. and eyesight all play :1 port. So do alcohol, drugs and frustration. But even in 3H of a second. a vehicle moving at no mph [100 kmfh] travels 55 feet {20 m}. That could be a lot of distance in an emergency, so keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important.

And. of comse. actual stopping distances van-g,l greatly with the surface of the road {whether it's pavement or gravel}; the condition of the road (wet. dry. icy}; tire need: and the condition of your brakes.

Most drivers treat their brakes with care. Some. however. overwork the braking system with poor driving habits.

0 Avoid needless heavy braking. Some people chive in

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