What are the proper following distances you should keep from the car in-front of you?
Once you are on the highway, you will have to make sure you don’t contribute to gridlock by maintaining a safe following distance between you and the car in front of you by using the 3 second following rule:
• Pay attention to the car in front of you.
• As it passes a stationary object on the side of the road, like a mile marker, start counting seconds off until you reach that same stationary object.
• Increase that distance to 3 seconds for a comfortable following distance between you and the car in front of you.
This is with good weather and road conditions. The worse the weather and road conditions are, the higher you go on the rule. In rain you’ll count six seconds between you and the car in front.
In snow, fog and ice, you’ll want 9 to 12 seconds between you and the car in front.
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