By logging on to website www.stoppingdistances.org.uk, motorists can see how long it takes to stop when a child runs out from behind a van to retrieve a ball in the road. Launched by the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents (RoSPA), the site shows how speed, weather and impairments can have a dramatic effect on stopping distances.
Users can set their speed at 5mph intervals between 20mph and 45mph to check stopping distances in normal conditions.
Aimed at people who drive for charities and other voluntary organisations, it offers advice on journey planning, fitness to drive, safe speeds, seatbelts and distractions. It features vehicle safety and emergency procedures.
The book is also available as a download from www.rospa.com/roadsafety/info/volunteer_drivers.pdf.