One of the most common accidents we see here at the shop is a rear end collision. It’s also probably one of the most avoidable. So exactly how far ahead should the car in front of you be? What happens if someone cuts you off? Read on and find out!
While this is not an exact science, a good rule of thumb is to stay 2-4 seconds behind the person in front of you no matter what speed you’re going. Find a landmark, or sign, and let the person in front of you pass it, then count and see how many seconds it takes you to pass that same item.
When the weather is bad (rain, sleet, snow, fog, etc.) you should have a minimum of 4 seconds, but preferably 6-10 seconds, between you and the car in front of you.
We know that there are times in heavier traffic when you keep such a distance between you and the car in front of you that someone may cut in front of you. It may be hard to allow this because your probably in a hurry, but please let them and then back off and allow the safe stopping distance between you and them.
This safe stopping distance gives you time to steer clear if there is a problem ahead of you. You will also find that it will not take you much longer to reach your destination, and that you will be more likely arrive there safely. Safe travels!