How far behind the next car should you really be?

On Behalf of | Oct 7, 2021 | Car Accidents

Have you ever suddenly realized that you feel like you’re a bit too close to the car behind you? Or have you looked in the mirror and noticed that the person following you looks like they’re basically driving on your back bumper?

Following too close or tailgating is very common. It is also an infraction, as it has been shown to increase the odds of an accident. Always remember that the rear car must stay far enough back that it can stop in an emergency. If there isn’t enough room, though that driver may blame the person ahead of them, the rear driver is almost always legally at fault. 

Counting off the seconds

It’s impossible to say how far back you should be in terms of feet or meters. It really changes depending on your speed. A perfectly safe distance at 25 miles per hour could be seriously hazardous at 75 miles per hour. 

Instead, just count off three seconds. Find a road sign, a tree, or some other stationary object and count the time from when the first vehicle passes it to when the second car does. No matter how fast you are going, the three-second rule ensures that you have the minimum safe distance between cars. 

Considering what you can’t control

The problem is that you can only control yourself. Many people tailgate every day, and many of them don’t even realize how reckless and unsafe they’re being. If one of them injures you in an accident, you need to know how to seek compensation