Keep your distance to the vehicles in front of you

Make sure that you keep sufficient distance to the car in front of you at all time when driving. The distance should be far enough to give you time to react and stop. The distance should be in relations to the driving conditions that you are experiencing and your speed. If you have tyres that are getting close to being worn out, then you actually need more distance to the car in front. Weather conditions are also critical when you determine the distance, as wet conditions as well as snow and ice will require much longer distance. It is not only worn out tyres that have worse grip and require longer distance, but also the distance will vary between new tyres. For summer tyres you can see the information for braking distance in wet conditions, by checking the EU tyre label under wet grip. Here. you can compare between different tyres for how they compare. Braking distance on wet surfaces is longer than for dry asphalt.

When driving at night and in bad visibility you might want to make sure to keep enough distance to react, which might take a bit longer time and then on top of that you will have to add the braking distance. You have to also adjust your speed for the environment even if you don’t have any vehicles in front of you based on visibility, surface and weather.

For winter conditions, you will have completely different stopping distances. You will need to have winter tyres on the car to even have grip on snow or ice. When driving on ice you will have the shortest distance with studded tyres and on snow your studded and non-studded can have more or less the same if they are of the same quality tyre.

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