One of the best forms of protection for a driver is space. Space in this context is the distance between you and other traffic (Vehicles and pedestrians).

Leave a cushion of space or a circle of safety around your car or truck to let other drivers see you and to avoid collision.

Point to know about safe following distance

  • Whenever you follow another vehicle, you need enough space to stop safely if the other driver brakes suddenly.
  • A safe following distance is at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • Follow the two seconds rule by picking a marker on the road ahead, such as a road sign or pole. When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker, count “one thousand one, one thousand two”. When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop counting. If you reach it before you count “One thousand two”, you are following two closely.
  • Leave more space when your vehicle is heavily loaded.
  • Leave more space when following smaller, lighter vehicles, such as motorcycles that can stop more quickly than you.



Further Reading

How to reduce road traffic accident in Nigerian roads

Major causes of road traffic accidents




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