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The following distance

Why you need to keep a safe following distances

Why your learner needs to keep a safe following distance

Using the three second rule

When your learner needs to increase their following distance

Managing vehicles behind your learner

The safety bubble

Watching out for heavy vehicles

Using the three second rule

The three-second rule is how your learner can work out if they’re leaving a safe gap between their vehicle and the vehicle in front.

Your learner should always drive at least three seconds from the vehicle in front of them and leave even more space in poor conditions.

While they’re still learning to drive, it’s a safe option to leave a larger gap than three seconds until they 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 your learner chooses to position themselves on the road can change their level of risk.