Pi Day celebrates the mathematical constant π, the ratio of a circle’s circumference to its diameter. March 14th, when written in the month/day format, reflects the first three digits of π (3.14). The standard recommended following distance between vehicles is about 3 seconds. 3 is remarkably close to π and that makes it very easy to remember. At All Star Driver Education, we take every opportunity to help make the roads a safer place, and Pi Day is an easy fun way to teach about following distance. You can celebrate by participating in various π related activities, that usually involve an actual pie!
Ways to Celebrate
- Eat circular foods
- Bake pies
- Pi Day run (3.14 miles)
- Pie eating contest
- Pie baking contest
- Memorize the digits π
- Scavenger hunt
If you want to celebrate Pi Day, there are many ways to pay tribute to one of the most famous irrational numbers. Be creative and try different things, but most importantly be safe.
Following Distance (Easy as π)
Following distance is important because if you have enough, reacting to any sudden changes will be much easier. It is recommended that you have around 3-5 seconds of following distance to the car in front of you under normal conditions. This may seem difficult to remember, but with the help of π it becomes very easy to recall. 3.14 is very close to 3, so if you remember following distance is as easy as π, you’ll never forget. Following distance is another part of driving that is affected by the weather. If you are driving in poor conditions influenced by the weather, it is expected that you’ll adjust your following distance accordingly.
Being distracted while driving is one of the most dangerous things a driver can do. Whether it is something small like changing the radio station or something more involved like sending a text message, any time a driver is not focused on the road impacts their reaction time for dangerous situations. While it is encouraged to eat pie on Pi Day, be careful not to do it while on the road!
About All Star
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