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two-second rule

A guideline denoting the distance that a driver should ideally maintain from the back of another car in order to avoid hitting it in the event of a fast stop. While teaching my daughter how to drive, I made sure to emphasize the two-second rule. I've never been in a car accident, and I think it's because I always keep the two-second rule in mind when I drive.
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Both Highways England and the police have warned the public to abide by the two second rule.
More than two-thirds of drivers admitted they had no understanding of the two second rule.
We also want to remind young drivers that the two second rule is crucial for giving yourself a safe distance for reacting and stopping, says Mr Thomas.
Colette Northern O'Hara The two second rule is only a guide, it isn't a law.
A host of safety systems are included, with the TFT instrument panel boasting a distance warning to display how many seconds you are from the car in front - changing from green to red as soon as you break the two second rule.
A spokesperson for Cleveland Police's road policing unit added: "This collision looks to have been caused by drivers following too close to one another, remember the two second rule folks."
"Yes, ha ha ha," said Nicey, "That's a good one - but careful with the language, eh mate, because you could easily offend someone with words like that." And then he quickly returned to reminding us that only a fool breaks the two second rule.
The Two Second Rule for Summer Driving in Amman #ReformJO "Oh wow, Khaleejis are here!
The ABD says that the government should bring back the 'Only A Fool Breaks The Two Second Rule', which urges drivers to count two seconds after the vehicle in front passes a fixed point such as a lamppost.
The ABD says that the government should bring back the ' Only A Fool Breaks The Two Second Rule' education campaign which urges drivers to count two seconds after the vehicle in front passes a fixed point such as a lamppost.
We would urge drivers to obey the two second rule when driving, and adjust their distance according to local weather conditions".
A requirement in pending California legislation, "the two second rule," prohibits a person operating automatic calling equipment from making phone calls without having an agent or telemarketer available after two seconds to speak with the person called.
There was always the old saying 'only a fool breaks the two second rule', meaning you should have two seconds between you and the car in front.