3D Defensive Driving

Defensive Driving Traffic Safety Tips

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Traffic Congestion

Keep a Space Cushion

When traveling in congested traffic there can be frequent stops and starts. The vehicle infront of you may suddenly stop or swerve around an obstacle. It is important to give yourself enough distance to avoid a collision if this happens. Another name for this is a space cushion (not a space pillow - right). A space cushion gives you more time to percieve, stop or avoid a hazard.

The proper space cushon depends on the speed you are traveling and the driving conditions. At a minimum, you should use a 2 second space cushon for good driving conditions and moderate speeds. This is called the "2 second rule".