Natural Laws and Driving an Automobile

Affects of Natural Laws

Learning to drive a car also means learning the laws of nature.

Natural Forces

There are natural forces acting on your vehicle such as

(a) gravity,

(b) inertia,

(c) momentum,

(d) kinetic and potential energy,

(e) friction, and

(f) centrifugal force.

These forces affect how your vehicle handles, regardless of how well your vehicle is designed or how skilled you are at handling it.

Understanding these forces will help you control your vehicle during turns, stops and everyday driving conditions. Knowing how they affect driving your vehicle may also help you react appropriately to an emergency situation or avoid a collision.

Accidents Caused by Misjudging

The laws of nature and physics are present at all times and must be kept in mind while operating a vehicle. If you try to break them, you will end up losing control of your vehicle and perhaps cause an accident that could have been prevented.

By misjudging natural forces, you can be pulled out of a curve and lose control. You may lose traction on wet pavement and be unable to stop, or be traveling too fast to stop in enough time to avoid an accident.