You have to accept responsibility for your actions, every time that you drive a car. You will have to obey all the traffic laws in Virginia and ensure that you give priority to the safety of you, your passengers, and pedestrians, bicyclists and other motorists on the road.
Driving safe is a priority for everyone and you should be relaxed while driving. All drivers must also follow the speed limits and stop appropriately while they are driving in Virginia.
The speed limit is the maximum speed at which you can drive when the conditions are ideal. You can drive slower than the posted speed limit, but driving faster than the limit is illegal. The law states that you can drive slower than the speed limit if the road construction is bad or the weather is not ideal for driving at the posted speed limit.
You will have to stop the vehicle when driving under the following conditions:
- At all signs where the traffic light is red
- When you are enter a street or when you cross over a parking lot, building, alley, driveway or a sidewalk
- At crossings for railroads that have flashing signals
- If you are stopped by flaggers who are directing traffic
- If you see any pedestrians that are looking to cross the street
- If law enforcement officer stops you. If you don’t stop when a law enforcement officer signals you, and they are killed while pursuing you, then you will be charged with a Class 4 felony.
- If you are in a car crash caused by you, then you will have to remain at the scene.
- You will have to stop for school buses that show flashing red lights and at a stop sign when you are approaching a school driveway, private road, or highway. You will have to remain stopped till the bus moves again.
- You will also have to stop if school bus is unloading or loading passengers.
- You don’t have to stop if the school bus is on the road opposite from your vehicle. However, you should always keep an eye out for unexpected actions by the children that exit the school bus.
There are 3 main factors that will determine the overall stopping distance for your vehicle. These are perception time, braking distance and reaction distance.
It is the overall time that it will take you to identify a hazard.
It is the distance that your vehicle has moved before you recognize that a hazard, and the overall time that it takes for you to put on the brakes.
It is the distance that your car has to travel after you have put on the brakes.
The perception time, braking distance and reaction distance are all affected by your physical and mental condition, visibility and weather.
The braking distances are also affected by the sped of your vehicle, the condition of the road and the condition of the tires and brakes.