Following too closely is more commonly
called ‘tailgating.’ It is an aggressive behavior,
and a very dangerous one. Most rear end collisions are
caused by tailgating.
In GOOD weather in the daytime and with little traffic,
follow the 3-second Rule. Pick out something stationary
on the side of the road, such as a billboard or a tree.
When the vehicle in front of you is beside it start counting
‘one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand.’
You are following at an appropriate distance if you are
beside the object when you finish counting.
In POOR weather conditions, or at night, or in heavy traffic
situations you need to double the distance. Count to ‘six
In BAD weather such as heavy rain, heavy fog or snow,
you should triple the distance. Count to ‘nine one
If someone is tailgating you then move to another lane
if that is possible, or get off the road if you must do