It is obvious that vehicle weight has a linear relationship
with the energy to be dissipated (stored) and the change
in velocity required has a exponential relationship.
• Deceleration times and stopping distances vary
somewhat for all vehicles on a given road surface.
• It should then be obvious that sizing the brake system
components has critical importance with respect to the
potential vehicle velocity and the mass of the vehicle.
• Note that heavy trucks generally have greater stopping
distances as compared to typical passenger cars.