September 2, 2018
North Carolina Department of Transportation crash statistics reported that in 2016, 5,845 accidents were caused by drivers following too close. I am pretty sure I see that many tailgaters everyday driving to work on I-77 in Charlotte. Obviously, by riding on someone’s bumper, you don’t have time to react in traffic if the car in front of you stops suddenly.
G.S. 20-152 prohibits the driver of a motor vehicle from following another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent. The State Highway Patrol recommends that motorists keep at least one car length interval per 10 miles per hour of speed. So, if the car in front of you is traveling 60 miles per hour, you should remain six car lengths behind it. The state DMV handbook advises drivers to follow the “two-second rule,” which requires drivers to allow two seconds between the time the vehicle ahead of you passes a given point and the time your vehicle reaches the same point.
The two second rule…it’s two seconds. Do you really need to get somewhere two seconds faster? Follow the two second rule, it could save you a lot more time (and money) in avoiding that accident.
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