Buick ROADMASTER 1996 Owner Manual

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Control of a 1'v’eliicle

You have three systems Lhat make your vehicle so where you want it to go. The;r are the brakes. the steering and the accelerator. All three systems have to do their work at the places where the tines met the road.

Sometimes. as when you're driving on snow or ice. it's easy to attic mote of those control aychrna than the tires and road can provide. That means you can lose control of your vehicle.


Braking action involves perception 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 3:4 of a second. But that‘s only an average. It might be less with one driver and 115 long as two or three seconds or more with another. Age. physicni condition. alertness. coordination and eyesight. all play apart. So do aloohoi. drugs and h‘usrration. But even in 3H of a second. a vehicle moving at EU mph (III! knii'hJ travel: 66 feet {20 tn]. That could he a lot of distance in an emergency. so keeping enough space between your vehicle and others is important.

And, of comet. actual atopping distances vary greatly with the surface of the road [whether it's pavement or grave-11}: the condition of the road (wet. dry. icy]: I'H‘B trend; and the condition of your brakes.

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