No matter what type of road you are driving on, you should always maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front. In some types of adverse weather conditions, such as snow or fog, this distance should be increased to make up for reduced visibility and the road conditions. The 2-second rule relates to safe following distances, and it is something that all drivers need to know about before sitting their practical driving test.
What is the 2-second rule?
The 2-second rule states that you should remain at least two seconds from the vehicle in front at all times. By ensuring you do this, you will be maintaining a distance of one car length per 5mph – this applies at whatever speed you are driving at. By applying the 2-second rule when driving, you can significantly reduce your risk of accidents and reduce damage caused if a collision does occur.
The benefits of the 2-second rule
The 2-second rule has a number of benefits for drivers – here are a few of the main ones:
- Reduces risk of accidents occurring
- Reduces collision damage if accidents do occur
- Can help save fuel
- Can protect against paint damage or windscreen damage from stone chips
Failing to apply the 2-second rule and tailgating another vehicle during your driving test could mean you’ll fail. You’ll also need to remember that the 2-second rule only applies to dry weather conditions. In wet weather, this should be doubled to four seconds, as longer breaking distances will apply. In icy or frosty conditions this will again need to be extended as it will take longer for your vehicle to come to a stop.
Have you been involved in a car accident?
If you have been involved in a car accident that you believe was caused by another driver’s negligence, you could claim compensation. If another driver was tailgating your vehicle or failing to apply the 2-second rule, this could be classed as dangerous or careless driving. Contacting a personal injury lawyer will allow you to establish whether you have a viable claim – it’s also a good idea, if possible, to take the names and contact numbers of any witnesses to the accident. If the other driver flees the scene or fails to stop, you will need to report your accident to the police.
Claiming compensation for a car accident
Contact Accident Advice Helpline today and we can usually tell you straight away whether or not you have a viable claim. We’ll assist you every step of the way, from gathering evidence to support your claim to working out how much compensation you could be eligible to claim – this will depend on pain and suffering caused, loss of earnings and other factors. We’re open 24/7 and it’s free to call our helpline for confidential, no-obligation advice at any time. Call free on 0800 689 0500 or 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone for free, no obligation advice about making a claim.
Date Published: July 12, 2014
Author: David Brown