The 2-3 Second Rule and why it could save your life…
Did you know that most rear-end collisions are caused by drivers who drive too close to the car in front of them? This is known as tailgating. If you’re not maintaining a safe following distance and the car in front of you comes to a sudden stop, chances are your reaction time isn’t going to help you avoid a rear-end collision.
Particularly when we’re rushed or frustrated in traffic, it’s all too often that drivers forget how important it is to obey the rules of the road and that’s when accidents happen.
Arrive Alive stresses the importance of maintaining a safe following distance and says that this enables drivers to adjust in emergency situations and bring their vehicles to a stop safely – “time that could mean the difference between life and death,” says Arrive Alive.
Below are some important rules to remember when it comes to the dangers of tailgating, as reported by Arrive Alive:
Total stopping distance involves the following:
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International studies have indicated that when a driver follows another vehicle at 100 kilometers per hour and the vehicle in front suddenly applies the brakes, the driver following will need about one and a half seconds to react. If there is not enough distance between the vehicles – the driver following would not be able to stop.
A driver should stay alert at all times as abrupt stopping could be caused by a variety of unforeseen events such as:
The 2-3 Second Rule
Most International road safety campaigns refer to the “2″ or “3” Second Rule” as a guideline for safe following distances. A point on the road is noted, 2-3 seconds are counted, and if that point is still visible then there’s probably enough following distance.
The 2-3 Second Rule is applied as follows:
Adjusting Following Distance
The 2-3 Second Rule is only the advised measure when driving conditions are ideal. This should be seen as a bare minimum and should be adjusted to at least 5-6 Seconds in the following situations:
Always drive defensively and focus on your safety and the safety of those around you. Don’t allow yourself to be tailgated—change lanes or adjust your speed to encourage tailgaters to pass you.
If someone cuts into your space, take a deep breath, simply back off a little and regain enough space –what counts is your safety!
Via: Arrive Alive