- Feb 25, 2004
I agree. When I first started driving I liked to leave a large distance between my car and the one in front of me, my thinking being that I would have more time to stop and react. In practice, it results in a lot of people cutting in front of me, and bad lane changes...I actually almost got into more accidents that way than when using the tighter distance I stay at now. I just watch the car in front of me very closely and react to brake lights and things happening down the road.Originally posted by: Thraxen
Not true. Maybe you are paying attention, but that doesn't mean the person behind you is. He said this was bumper to bumper traffic. Leaving a large gap only results in the gap getting filled by someone changing lanes in front of you. That rule definitely doesn't work at all times.If you aren't following too closely, it doens't matter if she brakes suddenly.
Which brings me to one very real gripe I have with SUVs, and large trucks for that matter...I can't see over them. And if they have tinted windows I can't see through them either. I often try to look ahead of the car in front of me...that way if there's any situation that might require stopping or slowing I'm alerted to it ahead of time. I don't get this luxury with an SUV in front of me, and its the main reason I don't ever wave an SUV in when I'm driving...even one car in front of me, as apposed to a SUV affords me a lot more visual distance/reaction time.