Let’s Talk About Spacing
When you are in heavy traffic, I know it can be hard to keep a good following distance. As soon as you have it right, a car will cut over into your space. Always remember it is your responsibility to maintain control of your vehicle at all times. Never let the actions of others anger you to the point of making an unsafe decision that can not only hurt you, but the other motorists around you. When you are able to go road speed, here are some tips to remember:
- Pick out a road sign or a bridge in the distance
- When the rear of the vehicle ahead of you passes the point you picked out, then start counting: one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three, one thousand four.
- At the count of four, you have a safe following distance and space cushion of four seconds between you and the vehicle in front of you.
- A car needs to maintain a minimum of three seconds under normal driving conditions.
- A truck needs to maintain a minimum of four seconds following distance under normal driving conditions.
- Add one second for conditions that may require additional stopping time, such as driving in rain, fog, ice, etc