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Most of us know how to drive safely. But most of us are not aware of a basic precaution we all should take. This applies to both urban roads and highways.
The 'Two-Second Rule' is a simple concept. While in lane traffic, usually in highways, cars in front of us tend to slow down without any warning. This creates a confusion even if we are going at the admitted speed limit. 2-Second rule simply helps avoid this.
You might not be able to slow down your car efficiently if the car in front of you brakes due to some emergency. Same applies to the person coming from behind. Since the speed of travel is comparatively high on highways, unlikely chances of a pileup are more. This is where the Two-Second Rule comes to play.
The 2-Second concept was introduced in the late 1960s. The concept helps cars in lane traffic to keep a safe distance from each other.
Simply put, you should be going two seconds behind the car going in front. Likewise, the car coming behind should run two seconds late. How to know that you wonder? Imagine a pole by the side of the road. If your car passes it at a point of time, the car coming from behind should pass it only two seconds after.
However, Two-Second Rule applies to speeds under 55 kilometres only. As the speed increases, 2-Second Rule transforms to 3-Second or 4-Second rule.
3-Second Rule applies to speeds ranging from 56km/h to 96km/h. Speeds above that should be followed by 4-second Rule or even 5-Second Rule. In short, more the speed, greater should be the gap between the car in front and the car coming from behind.
Thoughts On Two-Second Rule In Driving
Two-Second concept is one among those rules which we do not care to follow. The reason for this is the simplicity of the concept. But it takes only a short notice to be involved in an accident and for a simple rule to become highly important.