In Reply to: Re: Would have gotten Acura if I didn't.... posted by Long Distance on October 06, 1999 at 11:21:57:
: European drivers and US drivers are not even close to being in the same class. Each thinks the other is "crazy".
: I reserve this kind of speed for very, VERY uncongested highways (3 lanes with one car every 100 yards or so).
: Just a few quick numbers:
: At 60MPH with 100 yards separation between vehicles, the rear driver has 3.4 seconds to respond to the actions of the leading driver.
: At 100MPH with 100 yards separation between vehicles, the rear driver has only 2.0 seconds to respond to the actions of the leading driver. Now your reaction time and ability to handle your car may be top notch, but what about the leading driver? That's the one I don't trust.
This would only make sense if the driver ahead was stopped. Given that I never close in on anyone with greater than 10-15mph advantage on them that gives you a reaction time of 13.5 seconds (using 15mph) I would say that is enough.