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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.

How to use the three second rule
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Pick a landmark or something in the distance like a tree, pole or sign post.

Where you choose to position yourself on the road can change your level of risk.