By Mickey Gattis,
USAREC, Safety Office
Jan 21, 2016
American Automobile Association statistics show 30 percent of vehicle crashes involve rear-end collisions and these collisions involving Army Recruiting Command GOVs are increasing.
According to AAA, such accidents occur because of failure to maintain a safe following distance.
The organization advises drivers to allow at least three seconds driving time between their vehicle and the one ahead in city driving in ideal weather conditions.
At highway speeds, the gap should be at least four seconds, six seconds if raining.
Keep in mind that the heavier the vehicle, the longer it takes to come to a full stop.At stop lights, leave adequate room between your vehicle and the one ahead and constantly check your rear-view mirror for approaching vehicles.
This will allow adequate space to move forward to avoid being rear-ended.
AAA's steps to the three-second rule:
* Watch as the vehicle in front of you passes a fixed object or point.
* Begin counting as the vehicle passes the fixed object: "One thousand and one, one thousand and two, one thousand and three."
* If your own vehicle reaches the marker before you finish counting, you're following too closely.
* Remember to add an additional second to your following distance for each adverse condition, including driving at night, in fog, rain or snow; driving behind a truck or vehicle that's obstructing your view of what's ahead, driving behind a motorcycle, and driving through an intersection.
For a video explaining the three-second rule, Click here.