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Old 12-22-2006, 08:32 AM   #3
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dots are 225 feet apart, the distance needed at the 55-mile-an-hour speed limit, to stop in three seconds without rear-ending the vehicle ahead.
With respect, this is not quite right. The distance assumes that the vehicle ahead of you suddenly stops dead, like it hits a brick wall. Brake lights show when the vehicle ahead is slowing down. And anyway, the UK Highway Code proper distance apart is a factor of the speed, which I seem to remember is 10 yards for each 10 mph. Which is 165 not 225.

When I had a Land Rover, I used to brake suddenly without warning in the hope that the idiot behind, tail-gating, would rear-end me and destroy the front of his expensive Ferrari. Particular fun if it was a police car, who always seem to drive too close.

   
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