No matter how long you’ve been driving, it’s always smart to occasionally review some of the most important “rules of the road” when it comes to safety.
So, let’s talk about the easiest way to avoid causing a rear-end collision: It’s called the “three-second rule.” Most rear-end collisions are caused simply because drivers have the unfortunate habit of riding far too close to the bumper of the vehicle ahead of them. When that vehicle makes a sudden stop, the driver behind them may not have enough time to respond. The three-second rule can help you avoid that kind of problem.
How do you use the three-second rule?
The three-second rule is designed to make it easy to judge a safe distance between you and other vehicles. To use it effectively, you:
- Pick a stationary marker to use as a reference point (a traffic sign or tree will do)
- Watch as the vehicle ahead of you passes the marker and begin counting
- Count the seconds slowly (“one-Mississippi, two-Mississippi, three-Mississippi”)
If there are three or more seconds between the time the other vehicle passes the marker and your car passes the marker, you’re at a safe distance in ordinary weather. In extreme weather conditions, including downpours, you may want to pull back a little further and increase the number of seconds between your vehicles.
Can accidents still happen?
Of course! No matter how safety-conscious you are as a driver, there’s no guarantee that other drivers will be the same. Accidents can and will happen. If you’re rear-ended by another driver who was following too closely, you may have the right to compensation for your injuries and other losses. Find out more today.