(KMOV) – For the second time in two months, a teenager was killed crossing an interstate in the St. Louis area.
Many do not realize how little time drivers have to react at high speeds. The slightest mistake can easily turn deadly.
Safety experts say there are three parts to consider in stopping a vehicle:
- The driver has to comprehend the need to stop, which takes three-quarters of a second.
- The physical act of applying the brake, which takes another three-quarters of a second
- The distance until the vehicle actually stops
At 60 miles per hour, it would take about 270 feet, or 90 yards for the vehicle to come to a complete stop considering the brakes and tires are in good working condition.