Whilst in outer space there is plenty of room and the likelihood of bumping into someone or something else is very remote but down here on earth the chance of bumping in to someone or something is somewhat greater……
There is a need therefore to create a safety bubble around your car. A bubble that protects you and other road users. The protection from parked cars from people opening car doors and cars in front stopping suddenly.
So we need a space by the side of our car and in front of our car.
Tyres and tarmac
Aim to give half a car length between you and the vehicle in front when stopped in traffic, roughly this should be tyres and tarmac so you should see the car in front of you back tyres and a little bit of tarmac behind the car. This create a safe buffer zone when you are in traffic. One of the most common accident on the road are the rear end shunt caused mainly because this rule is not followed and you get very annoying unnecessary bumps it also give the pedestrians crossing the road in front of your car more protection and room if there was a pushchair or wheelchair. Also if the car in front breaks down you have room to go round or if they roll back slightly more comfort and safety room.
Only a fool breaks the 2 second rule
This rule is the minimum safety gap between you and the vehicle in front in dry weather conditions, this is supposed to be the minimum stopping distance that you would need to stop at. It works well for varying speeds so this is why it is a good rule to use, even 2 -3 seconds would be a good idea and in the wet conditions it doubles to a 4 second gap.
Let the car in front of you reach a marker post like a lamppost or telegraph post and say to yourself “only a fool breaks the two second rule”, if you get to the marker post before you finish saying it then back off and try again until you get to the marker post before you have finished saying it. For wet conditions you can either say it twice or count one second, two second, three second, four second slowly.
The thinking distance is the following distance needed when you are travelling behind vehicles at slow speed. When you look at your overall stopping distance it is made up of your first of all thinking distance which is the distance it takes you to think about braking and start braking and your braking distance which is the distance it takes for the car to stop after you start your braking to when the car is stopped. These both make up your overall stopping distance.
To the side of the car
The space by the side of our car is very important too. Try to leave at least 1 meter from the parked vehicle which is about a car door width but if possible 2 meters if the road and traffic conditions allow. The general rule is less space less speed so you can come in close if needed but the speed must dramatically decrease
So remember keep your safety bubble!!