Drive 5km / 5mph Slower and Save More Lives76,953 views
If the speed limit is 60km/hr (35 mph) and you are driving 65km/hr (40 mph) the distance it takes you to stop between the two different speeds can be drastic. Lets say there are two cars travelling one going 60 and the other 65, suddenly a car pulls out of its driveway or a child runs into the street. If both cars are traveling side by side and they brake at exactly the same time where the car that is driving 60km would manage to get the speed down to about 5km when it hits the pedestrian or car, the other car driving at 65km would impact at about 30km – a speed fast enough to be fatal.
As the videos (from Australia) below will show you, a 5km difference in your initial speed results in literally 27km difference in your break speed.
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