Why we love the 3-second rule
There's nothing like a tailgater to ruin a person's day. First, there's the inevitable spike in your blood pressure, but tailgating also is a major cause of rear-end accidents.
Here are a couple of ways to avoid those 10-car pile ups that bring traffic to a screeching halt (and put people's lives at risk):
The 3-second Rule
One-thousand One… One-thousand Two… One-thousand Three…
In normal driving conditions, leaving three seconds between you and the car in front of you gives you enough time to stop if they slam on the brakes. Here's how it works:
Choose your marker
Choose any stationary object that is on the side of the road in front of the car in front of you.
When the car in front of you passes the object, start counting to three.
Add "one-thousand" before each number to keep yourself legit.
You should finish all three "one-thousands" before your car reaches that object.
Not in a Hurry?
The Right Lane Is Calling Your Name
Maybe you are a smart commuter who actually manages to leave for work on time. Or it's your day off. Or you are a cautious driver who likes to take it slow.
Kudos to you! And yes, you may have every right to plant your car in the left lane and go any safe speed. But when you go slower than the flow of traffic, you turn yourself into tailgate bait and put yourself and other drivers at risk.
Give other drivers a break and keep yourself safe. Leave the left lane open for passing.