Buick REGAL 1994 Owner Manual

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Braking action lTWtJlVES perception lime and reaction time

First. you have to decide to push on the brake pedal. That‘s perception time. Then you have to bring up your foot and do it. That's Eaglign lime,

Average Leactiomime is about 3E4 ofa second. But that‘s only an average. It might be less with one driver and as long as two or three seconds or more with another. Age. physical eondition. alertness. coordination. and eyesighl all play a part. So do alcohol. drugs and frustration. But even in 3H of a second. a vehicle moving at 613 mph { [Cl-U knu'h} travels on feet {Ell ml. That could be a lot ofdistance in an emergency. so keeping enough space botween your vehicle and others is important.

And. of course. actual stopping distances vary greatly with the surface of the road I.’ whether it‘s pavement or grauell;tl1e condition oflhe road twet. dry. ieyl: lite tread: and the condition of your brakes.


Ayn-id needless heavy braking. Some people drive in spurts -- heavy acceleration followed by heavy braking —— rather than keeping pace with traffic. This is a mistake. Your brakes may not have time to cool between hard stops. Your hrakes will wear out much faster if you doa lot of heavy braking. lfyou keep pace with the lntll'ie and allow realistie following distances. you will eliminate a lot of unnecessary oral-ting. That means better braking and longer brake life.

[F your engine ever stops while you're driving. bra lte normally but don‘t pump your brakes. If you do. the pedal may get harder to push down. If your engine stops, you will still him: some power brake assist. But you will use it when you brake, Once the power assist is used up. il may talce longer to stop and the brake pedal will be harder to push.

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