As summer slowly turns into fall, you must prepare for winter driving. Remember, when ice accumulates on roads, highways and bridges, your vehicle may require a greater distance to stop. As such, you may want to take the end of summer to refresh your driving knowledge. Specifically, you should be sure you understand the three-second rule.
When you drive on Missouri’s roadways, you have a responsibility to act reasonably. Following the three-second rule is part of this obligation. That is, you should allow three seconds to transpire between when the car in front of you passes a stationary object and when you do. Here are three benefits of complying with the three-second rule.
1. Fewer automobile collisions
Rear-end collisions can be devastating. In fact, according to the Insurance Information Institute, in 2016, there were more than 2,300 fatal rear-end collisions on roadways in the United States. If you follow the car in front of you too closely, you may not be able to steer your vehicle away from a rear-end crash. By allowing sufficient space between your car and the one in front of you, you decrease your chances of being in an automobile collision.
2. Less road rage
Road rage happens when drivers become irrationally angry with other motorists. Unfortunately, traffic-related anger and frustration may put your life in danger. Among the many causes of road rage, tailgating ranks near the top. By complying with the three-second rule, you respect the driving space of other motorists. This, in turn, helps limit road rage during your morning or afternoon commute.
3. Cheaper insurance
You do not have to have an automobile collision for your car insurance rates to climb. If an officer tickets you for following too closely, you may pay higher premiums. By following the three-second rule, you help keep your insurance rates under control.
Few things can ruin your day faster than an automobile collision. Even worse, if you sustain a serious injury in a crash, your life may never be the same again. By following the three-second rule, you stay safe regardless of where and when you choose to drive.