What Is The 12 Second Rule?

January 09, 2018 at 11:03 AM

woodland-road-falling-leaf-natural-38537.jpegWith many accidents happening as a result of motorists not looking far enough up the road, the 12-second rule works to ensure that drivers have enough room/time to notice and appropriately react to hazards in front of them. The rule maintains that drivers should always aim to scan the road at least 12 seconds ahead when driving.

While this might seem like a pretty long distance, knowing what is happening up the road is the best way of avoiding trouble when driving – which makes looking ahead when driving a good habit to develop.

Judging how far 12 seconds actually is

  • Pull over to the side of a reasonably straight road.
  • Start counting to twelve as soon as a car moves past you.
  • Note the distance between your vehicle and the car when you get to 12 seconds. That is how far ahead you should scan when driving.

You will need to look further than 12 seconds ahead when driving faster as the distance you cover within that time will be significantly more.

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