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When driving, why do most people follow 1-2 secs behind other drivers?

I find that very dangerous. 3-4 sec following distance is much safer.

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You should travel 1 car length (about 12 feet) for every 10 mph of speed, so at 50 mph you should be about 50 feet behind the next car. Most people are impatient however and somehow believe that riding on someone's bumper will actually get them where they are going faster. I think those people that speed up to stop at a traffic light are funny, I mean you can see the light is red, why hurry to stop at it? Must be the same people you're talking about. =/

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Or new drivers who are terrified of impeding traffic, like me a month ago.
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Congrats! Never hurry for anyone, they can go around or wait. ;)
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The cast for "The Illusionist"

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most people have no real respect for how dangerous a vehicle can be plus they feel that they can handle the vehicle however In reality they can't hope that was helpful

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People drive too close because they 'think' they will be able to react instantly to 'anything' that may happen. The unknown plays havoc with this concept though. Mechanical failures, Spilling hot food in the car. Kids acting up. Other people having these things happen. People Texting, Talking, distracted. Everyone thinks they are 'invincible' and that nothing will happen to them.

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Right. The person in front of you should have the free will to stop as abruptly as they want. One should check themselves before saying, "You can't slam on your brakes like that!"
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Smith system of Defensive Driving recommend 5 seconds for many driving moves...5 seconds before pulling out from a stop light is a very good one.

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Hi, Ms. Fran. What do you mean, "driving moves" and "pulling out from a stoplight"?
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They are brainless-ish. I think most people are followers and from the very first time they drive on the road they just start copying what everyone else is doing, which is being to close to the person in front of them. I'm also bothered by people going slow in the fast lane, not passing me when I'm going slow in in the slow lane and tail gating when there is obviously a grid lock in front of me.

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It's the phenomenon known as "pack mentality" just as animals travel in packs so do humans we like to stick close to each other. Like, have you ever noticed in an empty parking lot that you've parked in, someone will always park next to you no matter that the lot is empty.

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Good point. Star. Although I still find 1-2 sec following distance inappropriate.
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I am pretty sure drivers education teaches five seconds?

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Hi, Carebearii!
I just recently got out of drivers' ed. They taught me 3-4 seconds, and suggested +1 more for each hazard factor. Ex. snow, rain, fog, etc. each add one more second to your following distance.
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3-4 seconds isn't enough if you take in the actual math. You are fortunate though to have taken a drives ed class, that makes you a smarter driver than most others out there who haven't taken the class.Don't forget to tell your insurance company about you taking the class. Usually your rates will be lower
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Thanks, Marks!
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I the drivers handbook it says that you should. By doing that you have the right amount of time to stop if the car in front of you does.

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Right. But no one follows that rule.
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