A DRIVING expert has explained that a little-known rule can give drivers more reaction time and therefore avoid accidents with other motorists.
The car influencer took to social media to emphasize that the simple action must be taken every time a driver takes to the road.
“We’re supposed to be three seconds behind someone,” explained TikToker and driving instructor Korey L. Batey (@mr_roadready) in a recent clip.
Korey defined the adjustment as a three-second rule, noting that drivers should count on three to four seconds to ensure an appropriate distance between themselves and the vehicle in front of them.
“Make sure you keep the distance to the vehicle in front! 3-4 seconds is the rule,” he emphasized in the video’s caption.
The influencer was driving on the highway and gave viewers an example of a red car parked on the road in front of him.
As the red car approached a bridge over the highway, Korey asked viewers to count how long it took him to reach the bridge afterward.
“So when the red car passes the bridge, count whether I reach the bridge in three seconds,” the car professional noted.
Korey emphasized that maintaining social distancing allows drivers to react quickly in emergencies, such as when the driver in front of them suddenly stops.
“The closer you get to someone, the less time you have to react when they hit the brakes,” the car influencer said.
“That’s why you want to give them at least a three-second lead.”
He continued, “Because if they hit the brakes for any reason, guess who’s to blame?”
Korey also pointed out that any driver who rear-ends another vehicle owner is liable for the accident, emphasizing the importance of the three-second rule on roads.
“If you run into someone’s back, no matter where you are, you are liable,” he said.
Several viewers supported the car influencer’s rule of thumb, but others said there are variations on the same advice to ensure driver reaction time and safety.
“I wish everyone drove like that. Thank you,” one person wrote.
“[I]“It’s one second per 10 miles per hour,” claimed another.
A third added: “I don’t understand why people don’t understand and do this.”
Korey was also a fan of a viewer’s suggestion for a method similar to the three-second rule.
“I learned 1 second per hour, so 80 miles per hour is 8 seconds,” they noted.
The car influencer replied: “That’s a good thing.”[u]le! I’ve never heard that before!”
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