14.2 Following and Meeting Traffic
- 3-second following distance - a safe distance from the vehicle ahead in most driving situations. May have to increase distance on certain driving conditions.
tailgater- someone who follows up to closely
- Managing a tailgater
- Safely managing a tailgater you may increase your following distance, move to the right slightly, signal early, and you may change lanes or pull out of traffic.
You must always react instantly to any action that may cause a collision. A way you can avoid conflicts is:
- Slow down until other driver is in normal lane
- Turn on or flash headlights and blow your horn
- Move to the right if right-front zone is open
14.3 Managing Space in traffic
Approaching Traffic Signals
By maintaining a following distance of three or more seconds, you may identify and predict possible points of conflict.
Covering the brake - you take your foot off the accelerator and hold it over the brake pedal.
Selecting the Best Lane
Select the lane that has mini hazards. Lane positioning, overtaking and passing, and special traffic lanes help you select the best lane. Through traffic should use the center lane to avoid slowdowns or stops.
14.4 Special city situations