Wednesday 26th September 2012
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As we know safety on the road is paramount, but so often drivers just don't seem to pay attention to the two second rule. Some motorists are aware of this rule however, many drivers would still rather use the three second rule to be extra cautious.

So, what is the two second rule?

Well, one second is the distance between yourself and the car in front. One second (or one car) is the equivalent space of 5mph, but this is insufficient to produce a safe stopping distance. The two second rule is equal to two cars or 10mph and covers a safer braking distance to stop.

The two second rule can even be implemented at very high speeds. However, it is generally wiser to be safer and give more space by tripling the seconds to stop.

The accurate way to count is to speak it out when following the car in front. You can try it next time your in the car (hopefully, your not reading this now while driving). Simply pick a marker that the car passes in front and count until you pass it. Some drivers might say one thousand, two one thousand and three one thousand. Although, most motorists believe it is easier to say ‘only a fool breaks the two second rule’, this saying literally takes two seconds to say and can serve as an important reminder.

TIP: The two second rule ought to be more than doubled if the weather is treacherous, for instance in heavy rain, snowing, fog, poor lighting and even night time driving.

It is sensible to use the counting method rather than take your eyes off the road to judge distances. The counting method was created to reduce accidents.

Some motorists ignore the rule and feel tailgating or road rage is okay. What should you do if you’re being tailgated or you find yourself in the middle of a road rage? It would be prudent to pull over into another lane or take the next exit to avoid an accident.

Most accidents occur from motorists driving too close to the car in front. In fact, statistics prove that SUV and sports car drivers are more likely to ignore the two second rule. Family and female motorists are a lot more cautious - or are they?

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