Motor insurance: Stopping distances simulator

Thursday, 19 April 2007

Motorists can now see for themselves the effects of drink driving, speeding and using their mobile phone, without actually putting themselves at risk.

The Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA) has launched a new online simulator which shows users how various conditions affect a car's stopping speed.

Motor insurance premiums can be affected by any incident on the roads, and the RoSPA's simulator highlights the effects that weather, distraction by mobile phone or inebriation increase the likelihood to have an accident.

Drivers reactions are slowed by all three conditions, as visitors to the simulator will notice.

Visitors to the website are asked to choose their speed and the condition and then they take a drivers-eye view journey down a road. After a few seconds a balls rolls across the screen followed by a young boy.

Even at 20 mph, a drink driver or a motorist distracted by a mobile phone is likely to hit the child, according to the simulation.

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