Deadly impact – speed and driver’s reaction

Deadly impact – speed and driver’s reaction

What is the minimum speed for a deadly impact?

All drivers know that overspeeding is not a good idea, but few people know what is the actual speed that can cause a deadly impact. Titi Aur, the Romanian rally driver has revealed in an interview some time ago to Ziarulring.ro things that few people know. One of the most important is that at a speed of 60 km/h frontal collision is fatal for all passengers. Besides, the famous pilot has made known that the reaction time before an obstacle makes the car to continue going for  at least 14 meters, adding the distance of braking process.


“Some drivers overspeed or believing that their car saves them from any situation and then take risks, believing that their car will do more than it can do. Another mistake is when you areon the road and when a child jumps in front of the car or when another car appears, the driver doesn’t have the courage to pull the steering wheel in order to avoid a deadly impact(especially in women happens) or they think the car won’t stop even if they hit the breaks.”

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When asked if the real importance of this split second where you have to react, when a dangerous situation, the former pilot said interesting things:

“There isn’t just a fraction of a second. The reaction time of a normal person who isn’t ill, not drunk or drugged, is not tired, is about 1.4-1.5 seconds. From the moment the car in front of you hits the brake or the child appears in front of the car or it is out of control, until the brain perceives this thing, around three quarters of a second pass.


From the moment you realised until reaction until you step on the brake and pull the steering wheel it may pass another three quarters of a second. 1.5 seconds at a speed of 100 km per hour means over 40 meters.

So on a distance of 40 meters did not even hit the brake. Followed braking on dry pavement in good conditions, it may take another 30-40 meters to stop. But worse is when you have 30 km/h, because the stopping point is five meters, but the area covered until you reach the brake is about 17 meters.

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It is worse because you can’t imagine what could happen, you know that it will stop in five meters and so you can avoid deadly impacts. False. Few people know the polygons do this test and demonstrate how much distance you actually go through before stopping.


Frontal impact at a speed of 60 km/h means deadly impact, with belt without belt, with airbaig without airbaig. Between 20 and 60 km/h you have a chance to get away if you wear your seatbelt. Simulator shows how much importantis the seat belt, shows what space you need to brake, your reaction time and when you get out of there you are more aware. ”

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When driving, we have to be very cautious, wear our seatbelt and don’t think the car will save us without our help. Be curious! Be smart! Few people know!

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