The two second rule

Date:
Monday, December 05, 2016

Duration:
21 seconds

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Only a fool breaks the two second rule!

In dry conditions drivers are advised to keep a two second gap between themselves and the vehicle in front. In poor conditions, leave a bigger gap.

As the vehicle in front passes a fixed point, say “Only a fool breaks the two second rule”.  If you pass the fixed point before you’ve finished saying it, then you’re too close and should leave a bigger gap.

For more information please visit our road safety section