Here’s the latest reader question, along with my reply!
Roger asks: The speed limit is 75 mph on the highway in Texas. Many are doing 80 but the real problem is they will only be 30-50 feet a part. If some slammed on their brakes the one or several would wreck. That’s because it takes about 3/4 seconds to hit the brake peddle, at 75+ its 110 ft+, would 75-80 feet to stop, they are to close. I generally stay in the right lane and stay at least 5 or 6 car links behind. People need to be taught!
My reply: I agree that not maintaining a safe following distance is . . . unsafe. But it’s also unsafe at 55 or even 45.
Put another way, it’s not the speed that’s fundamentally the problem.
You’re right that the higher the speed, the greater the impact in the event there is a crash. But the speed – as such – does not necessarily mean a greater likelihood of a crash. Especially if people maintain adequate following distance. I agree absolutely that this ought to be taught – an tailgating discouraged.
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