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    adds 4 feet to braking space

    Does it mean they brake later than usual? What does "braking space" mean?

    19)When people do two activities at the same time, they cannot give full attention to either one. For this reason, when you are driving, you should not be doing something else at the same time.Texting, in particular, can be a potential cause of car accidents.According to a study by Car and Driver magazine, a driver under the influence of alcohol adds 4 feet to braking space, a person e-mailing adds 36 feet, and a texter adds 70 feet.

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    Re: adds 4 feet to braking space

    Yes. The amount of distance it takes to stop the car increases due to a delayed reaction to the stimulus that causes the braking.

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    Re: adds 4 feet to braking space

    I'm astonished that Car and Driver magazine wrote 'braking space'. 'Braking distance' is the standard collocation.

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    Re: adds 4 feet to braking space

    Quote Originally Posted by Rover_KE View Post
    I'm astonished that Car and Driver magazine wrote 'braking space'. 'Braking distance' is the standard collocation.
    It's a different measure, isn't it? I mean, the brakes don't work less well if you are texting. Braking distance is how long it takes the car to stop at a given speed. From the time brakes are applied until the car stops.

    Here, I believe they are talking about a different thing. How much "space" must be given a car to stop when the driver is impaired/distracted. Presumably, the actual braking distance of the car does not change, but the number of feet the car travels before the distracted driver begins braking does.

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