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Physics of driving

AnnieB

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When driving a car, one can find numerous examples of physics. One component of physics that drivers must be extremely careful of is centripetal force and the power of centripetal acceleration. During this time of year, roads are extremely slippery and often times people do not realize how fast they are going until they are trying to slow down and are skidding on black ice. On St. Paul Boulevard, there is a curve that is especially precarious to drive along during the winter time. My driving instructor has warned me many times that I must take the curve slowly and carefully for not only are 4 lanes crammed on that bend, but it gets slippery as well. My instructor explained to me that if I go too fast centripetal force could cause me to curve out of my lane and into oncoming traffic which would most definitely lead to an accident.



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