How to Judge a Safe Following Distance

Following too closely is a major contributor to rear-end collisions. By ensuring you’re maintaining a safe following distance, you can reduce your chances of needing collision repair. This video explains more.

In good driving conditions, you should allow 3 seconds of following time. To judge this, pick a fixed object and start counting when the rear bumper of the car in front of you passes it. If your front bumper reaches the object before you count 3 seconds, you could be too close.

When collisions do occur, Michael J’s Body Shop is here to help with reliable collision repairs and auto body paint jobs. Contact our auto body shop in San Jose by calling (408) 279-2070.


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