‘Emergency stop should be part of driving education’
Ford Belgium believes an emergency stop should be integrated in driving education and during examination of young motorists because this can shorten the brake distance significantly. Ford did a survey at its free safety training with 18 to 24 year old drivers on its proving grounds: 82% never had done an emergency stop during training.
Ford did the survey during the “Ford Driving Skills for Life” where young motorists can get a free driving training at the Ford Proving Ground facilities in Lommel, Belgium. 82% of young motorists never practiced an emergency stop during the driving education. However, 83% of them admitted they already had an emergency stop situation on the road.
Big difference in brake distance
At the Driving Skills training there was a big difference in brake distance between the group that received an explanation about emergency stops and the advantages of the ABS (anti blocking system) of the brakes and another group that did not got the information. Both had to do two emergency stops at 60 kph. The ideal breaking distance calculated at 13,5 metres.
The group without previous briefing did an average of 18,4 and 18,3 metres in both attempts, while the other group did an average of 16,3 metres at the first attempt, improving it by 1,1 metre at the second.
Jo Declerq, director Public Relations of Ford Belgium says “It might seem little, this 1,1 metre difference, but at on impact it makes a difference of 17 kph. The results show a little bit of testing improves the braking distance significantly”. He thinks this brake test should be integrated in the driving education for obvious reasons.
Mobility organizations VAB and Touring are in favour of this idea. Federal Minister of Mobility, Ben Weyts (N-VA) hopes this test can be integrated in the “refresh day” for parents learning their children to drive, that will be organized for new motorists as from March 1st 2018.