One of the most significant ways that drivers oftentimes endanger themselves and other motorists is by being impatient on the road. A little bit of patience, however, can go a long way toward keeping you alive. That patience doesn’t necessarily mean not losing your cool a little bit if somebody does something obnoxious in front of you and traffic and it doesn’t mean that you have to remain absolutely levelheaded at all times when you are in stressful, rush-hour traffic. Everybody is a little bit stressed in those situations.
The little bit of patience that could keep you alive, however, really only requires that you be aware of two vital seconds of your life.
Nationwide.com gives the most common guidelines for keeping space between you and other vehicles. When you are driving and there is a vehicle in front of you, no matter how impatient you are and how stressed out you are to get where you’re going, make sure that, if that vehicle were to suddenly stop, you would have a full two seconds of time to react before slamming into them. Two seconds is enough time to allow you to get clear of the danger. If the weather is bad, as the article points out, extend that to four seconds.
The easiest way to make sure that you’re giving yourself enough time is to wait for the vehicle in front of you to pass a landmark and then count until you pass the landmark. There should be two seconds before you arrive at the same landmark.