Video Lesson
Only a fool Breaks the Two second Rule

Drive at a speed that will allow you to stop well within the distance you can see to be clear.

You should leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so that you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops. The safe rule is never to get closer than the overall stopping distance.

The clip below shows you how to make sure you are driving at the correct separation distance.

Two seconds to save your life
Each year motorway crashes involving thousands of vehicles and hundreds of people are seriously injured.This could have be been avoided if each driver had taken just two seconds from their life and used it to create a gap between themselves and the vehicle in front. It is as simple as that!

How can you measure two seconds?
Watch as the vehicle in front passes a certain point (this could be a post, a mark in the road, a parked car, a shadow or even a bridge) then count two seconds (zero and one and two) or say to yourself "only a fool breaks the two second rule". If you pass the same point before you have finished counting - then you are driving too closely and need to pull back - but check your mirror first!

Remember Mirror checks should be done only when it's clear ahead but every 10 seconds or so and also before you change speed or alter your direction.

Practice makes perfect, so get plenty of practice from a Approved Driving Instructor

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