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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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More distance: Keep extra distance between you and the car in front -- consider increasing the two-second rule to three seconds.
The two-second rule, for example, shows that a driver who leaves two seconds of travel time at 80km/h between their own vehicle and the car in front of them creates 44.5 metres of distance, which is a universally accepted safety gap in which to stop in the event of an emergency.
Shafiq said that the two-second rule applied to two small cars.
One method of keeping a safe distance from the vehicle in front is by applying the two-second rule. Imagine you are following a vehicle and it has just passed a roadside feature, such as a street light.
Watch for the vehicle in front to pass a static marker point such as a tree, lamppost or bridge and once the car passes it say "Only a fool breaks the two-second rule".
'So they are ignoring the two-second rule, designed to help you leave enough space between you and the vehicle in front so you can pull up safely if it suddenly slows down or stops.'
The survey, conducted by NOP Automotive and based on responses from 517 drivers, also revealed that only 19% know about the two-second rule, the safe, recommended gap between a car and the one in front.
The survey, conducted by NOP Automotive and based on responses from 517 drivers, also revealed that only 19% know about the two-second rule - the safe, recommended gap between a car and the one in front.
Vicky Seymour, 21, of BSM driving school in Durham and Susan Hogan, 47, of BSM in Sunderland, spent two hours observing traffic on the A1(M) to see how many drivers follow the two-second rule for gaps between traffic.
Most dialers cannot detect answering machines with high accuracy and still comply with the two-second rule. When Concerto Software solutions are configured correctly, companies can have it all: detect answering machines with 90%+ accuracy and meet the two-second rule without losing agent productivity.
The two-second rule, quoted in the Highway Code for safety gaps, only applies when every condition is perfect.