To stop your vehicle, you must first of all react and then brake.

The stopping distance, or total stopping space, is the distance travelled from when you register the danger to when you stop: this distance includes the total reaction space plus the braking space.

Driving speed, of course, plays a key role: the higher your speed, the greater the space travelled during your normal reaction time. In addition to this, another element which has an intrinsic effect on stopping space is the road surface conditions: on a wet surface, braking distance increases by up to 25-30%.

Finally, we must always consider the efficiency of our braking system: if the system is not operating in perfect condition, we run higher risks in any circumstances.

For each model of car and its relative brake disc, the manufacturers establish a minimum thickness, below which the component must be replaced.

This MinTh, or Minimum Thickness, is an important warning sign and is printed on the side of the disc. If its thickness reaches the minimum indicated level, the brake disc will no longer be capable of dissipating the heat produced by the friction with the brake pads, and therefore of ensuring braking within the same stopping distances as when the system is operating efficiently.

To stop your own body at a speed of 20 mph requires around the same force as it would take to lift your own body weight, multiplied by twenty: not even the strongest athletes could cushion a similar quantity of energy. But your seat belt can!

When fastened, your seat belt increases your probability of survival in the case of an accident by ten times.

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