As a leading towing company our tow truck drivers are on the road daily. Our towing service is called to all sorts of roadside emergencies across Melbourne and the Mornington Peninsula. In our last blog post, we discussed the need for drivers to stop using their mobiles while driving – even glancing at an incoming text takes your eyes off the road for too long. This week we’re reminding drivers to keep a safe following distance. The 3 second following distance is another road rule that often gets broken, and it’s a big cause of rear-end collisions.
Tailgating, or driving too close to the car in front, is seen as an aggressive and dangerous driving behaviour. And for good reason – international studies have concluded that a driver needs 1 ½ seconds to react to a car in front suddenly applying brakes. That’s just reaction time – you still need to account for stopping time. If you’re driving too close, you won’t be able to stop.
Here are some approximate numbers:
At 60km/h you will travel 12m in your reaction time and another 24m before the car stops
At 100km/h you will travel 18 – 20m in your reaction time and another 75m before you stop
The 3 Second Rule
The 3-second rule is a good one to think of when trying to establish a safe driving distance, especially when travelling at speed. Choose a landmark – a pole, tree, signpost – and make sure there are 3 seconds between the car in front passing it and yourself. Then you know you’ll have enough time to stop if something suddenly happens.
If someone cuts into the gap, take a breath and back off. If you find the driver behind is too close – change lanes and let them pass.
In adverse weather conditions increase the gap to 6 seconds.
Following Distance Saves Lives
Don’t mistakenly rely on modern technology to shorten your braking distance. Although anti-locking and stability control braking systems will allow for greater control of the vehicle when having to stop suddenly, they will not reduce the braking distance significantly enough to avoid an accident if your following distance is too short.
The basic rule is the faster you’re going the longer your following distance should be.
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13:38 05 Nov 23
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03:12 02 Oct 23
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06:37 26 Sep 23
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00:23 04 Sep 23
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08:29 28 Mar 23
These guys are awesome! Used them twice now and was lucky enough to have Tom tow it both times, he took care of my pride and joy, kept me in the loop regarding pick up and drop off and went over and above to make sure my car was looked after. Highly recommend to anyone.
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01:40 25 Mar 23
Unfortunately I found myself in a situation with one deflated run-flat tyre but Tom at Gardenstate Towing came to my rescue. Tom was absolutely pleasant and courteous! Let me ride up front and dropped me off home along the way to South Yarra BMW. Highly recommend Tom and Gardenstate Towing services!
23:41 22 Mar 23
My stupid car broke down on Hoddle St Melbourne, at least close to a pub! Tom was prompt and efficient and had me on my way (back to the pub) in no time. Thanks mate
12:07 21 Mar 23
Fred was great! He towed my son’s car late at night and was incredibly positive and non-judgemental. His customer service skills was second to none, and someone who modelled a genuine enthusiasm for his work. What a great role model!
08:46 21 Mar 23
Day ruined due to a flat tire on my motorbike.Tom turned it around with his prompt and friendly service. Dropped me and the bike home safely and with a smile.Cheers Tom.