How Many Feet Should You Be Away From A Car?

What distance should you leave between cars?

The 2-second rule is used as a rule of thumb.

The Traffic Law requires the driver to leave enough space to be able to stop without a collision if the vehicle in front brakes or stops.

Although the ‘2-second rule’ is not explicitly mentioned in the Traffic Law, it is used as a rule of thumb..

What is the distance between the car in front of you?

What is a safe following distance? In most cases, a safe following distance is much longer than a car length. You should drive at least 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front during ideal conditions. Add 1 second extra for each 3m of trailer length—when driving a vehicle towing a trailer or caravan.

How many feet away should you signal?

100 feetBefore you stop, turn or change lanes, let the other drivers know what you are going to do by signaling. You can signal with your hand and arm or with your vehicle’s turn signals and brake lights. You should signal at least 100 feet before you turn so the other drivers can be ready.

How many car lengths is 2 seconds?

Remaining at least 2 seconds from the vehicle in front will provide a distance of one car length per 5 mph, at which ever speed you drive. The 2 second rule is used regardless of speed because the distance between your vehicle and the one in front will extend the faster you travel.

When driving what is the 3 second rule?

Simply leave 3 seconds worth of room between you and the vehicle you are following. Just watch the vehicle in front of you pass a road sign or other inanimate object on the side of the road and count out “One Massachusetts, Two Massachusetts, Three Massachusetts” before your vehicle passes that same object.