Not so Close!
When was the last time you were tailgated on the freeway? If you said “the last time you were on it”, I wouldn’t be surprised. How close behind you was your tailgater? 10 feet? 5 feet? Could you even see the front of their car? How close is “too close” at highway speed?
Traveling at 60 mph, your car is moving at a rate of 1 mile every 1 minute. If you divide the 5280 feet in every mile by the 60 seconds in a minute, that means your car is moving 88 feet per second! It only takes about 1/10th of a second to blink your eye, meaning that in the blink of an eye, your car has moved 8.8 feet!
So let’s set the scene: There you are, driving down the highway with a driver five feet from the back of your car. For some reason, you have to change your speed or direction and the driver behind you blinks. Where is he now?
So what is the proper following distance to use? Some people say a car length for every 10 miles an hour. While not a bad guide, it is hard at 70 MPH to tell if that would hold seven Hyundais or seven Lincolns. The better guide is the two second rule.
The two second rule is one of many safe driving tips you will learn about during your Adult Drivers Ed Online course. You see, we don’t want to just get you on the road, we want to keep you safe once you’re there.