Buick REGAL 1996 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 lo 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 ot‘ your vehicle.


Braking action involves pan-sprint! time 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 reaction time.

Average reaction time is about 3M of a 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 condition. alertness. coordination and eyesight all play a part. So do alcohol. drugs and frustration. But even in BM of a second. a vehicle moving at so mph ( I DO knu'ht travels 66 feet all rot. That could be a lot of distance in an emergency. so keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important.

And. of course. actual stopping distances vary greatly with the surface of the road {whether it‘s pavement or gravel}: the condition of the road {WIJL dry. icy}: tire tread; end the condition of your brakes.

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