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Stop, Brake, and Accelerate

Published on Oct 03, 2016

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Stop, Brake, and Accelerate

A Proposal to the board of the active driving academy

understanding the concept of speed limits

What is centripetal force and why do we need it?

Scenario: You are driving through the Sierra Nevadas, a mountain range known most for it's steep slopes and sharp turns to visit your Grandma Angie in Colorado for Christmas.

What do you do?

Do you...

  • Accelerate in order to make up for the momentum lost while driving up the steep roads
  • Slow down, cut the speed limit by half its number . You might miss the serving of a five star worthy, full course dinner and your Grandma's world famous sweet potato pie, but you'll get over it- eventually
  • Neither, stay at the speed limit. After all, it is the law.

The correct answer is
b. Slow down and cut the speed limit by half. You won't be a statistic and die by car accident but your Grandma may strangle you for not texting her that you'd be late.

Centripetal force: A force that acts upon a car moving in a circular path and is directed toward the center around which the car is moving

Although centripetal force plays a major role in rounding a curve, it can be just as major in brutally murdering you.

Like Jack from titanic. And everyone else who didn't really matter. (Although lord knows there was more space on that door, Rose)

Discussion Question: Why is it important to adjust your speed limit to your surroundings?

This bus couldn't stop in time when turning the corner, so it hit Regina. Why do you think that is?