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The following distance
Why you need to keep a safe following distances
Using the three-second rule
When to increase your following distance
Managing vehicles behind you
The safety bubble
Watching out for heavy vehicles
Using the three second rule
The three-second rule is how you can work out if you’re leaving a safe gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front.
Always drive at least three seconds from the vehicle in front of you and leave even more space in poor conditions.
While you’re still learning to drive, it’s a safe option to leave a larger gap than three seconds until you gain more experience.
Where you choose to position yourself on the road can change your level of risk.