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Three Second Rule

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Apply the “three second rule” as a way to help keep a safe distance between your car and the vehicle ahead of you. This rule pertains to standard-length vehicles driving in ideal conditions. 

Chose a fixed referenced point at the side of the road ahead, such as a telephone pole, sign post, tree or bridge.  When the vehicle ahead of you passes the reference point, begin counting: “one thousand one, one thousand two, one thousand three.”  If you pass the reference point before you are through counting, you are following too close. If the vehicle behind you is following too closely, slow down slightly and allow it to pass.

 

 
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