Keep A Space Cushion Behind
Watch for tailgaters! When you are crowded by a tailgater:
- If you are going to stop, press your brake lightly a few times before you slow down. This will warn the tailgater
- Try to "lose" a tailgater as soon as you safely can. Allow extra room between your car and the car ahead. This will encourage the tailgater to pass you and give you more time to slow down gradually, helping prevent a rear-end collision.
- For really aggressive tailgates you can't lose, just pull over and let them pass.
Keeping A Lookout Behind Your Vehicle
When it comes to driving, there are many common-sense rules to follow in order to remain safe on the road. One of the most important is to keep a space cushion between your car and the one in front of you. This is known as the “three-second rule” and it’s something that many drivers don’t take seriously enough.
The three-second rule is simple: When the car in front of you passes a certain point, start counting. If it takes you three seconds or longer to reach that same point, then you’re following at a safe distance. This gives you plenty of time to react to unexpected obstacles or sudden changes in traffic.
There are a few important reasons why you should always keep a space cushion between you and the car in front of you. First, this cushion gives you more time to react to any hazardous situations on the road. This could include sudden stops, swerving vehicles, or stopped traffic. Without this cushion, you might not have enough time to react, resulting in an accident.
Second, keeping a space cushion behind you can protect you from rear-end collisions. If the driver behind you is tailgating, then you’ll have plenty of time to brake before they hit you. Even if the driver isn’t tailgating, an extra cushion can give you enough time to avoid an impact in the event of a sudden stop.
Finally, keeping a space cushion between you and the car in front of you can help prevent road rage. If you’re following too closely, the driver in front of you might become frustrated and take it out on you. This can lead to dangerous situations and, in some cases, legal action.
So, how do you keep a space cushion behind you? The easiest way is to remember the three-second rule. As you drive, count off three seconds in your head when you pass a certain point. If it takes you longer than three seconds to reach that same point, then you’re driving at a safe distance.
You should also keep a few extra seconds in mind when driving in hazardous conditions. If the roads are wet or icy, there’s more risk of skidding or sliding, so you’ll need to leave more space between you and the car in front of you.
Finally, make sure you’re aware of your speed. If you’re driving too quickly, you won’t have enough time to stop if something unexpected happens. This is especially true if you’re driving in a city or a heavily trafficked area.
Keeping a space cushion between you and the car in front of you is an important part of safe driving. Not only can it help you avoid accidents, but it can also protect you from road rage and other dangerous situations. So, remember the three-second rule and always leave a few extra seconds when driving in hazardous conditions.