Buick LESABRE 1998 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 who: you're driving on snow or ice. it‘s easy to ask more of those control Systems than the tires and road can provide. That means you can lose control of your vehicle.



Broking action involves perception time and reaction time.

First. you have to decide to push on the brake pedal. 'I‘hst‘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 oondition. alertness. coordination and eyesight all play.r a part. So do alcohol. drugs and fmstration. But even in 3M of a second. a vehicle moving at EEI mph {[00 ioru'h} travels 66 feet (211] 111). That could be a lot of distance in in: emergency. so keeping enough space between your vehicle and oliters is important.

And. of course. actual stopping distances vet}.r greatly with the surface of the road {whether it's pavement or gravel}; the oondition of the road (wet. d132, icy]; tire tread; the condition of your brakes: the weight of the vehicle and the amount ofhrake force applied.

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