|To calculate a two-second space, follow these steps:
- Mark a point on the road ahead, such as a road sign or
- When the rear of the vehicle ahead passes the marker,
count "one thousand and one, one thousand and two".
- When the front of your vehicle reaches the marker, stop
counting. If you reach the marker before you count "one
thousand and two," you are close and need to maintain
Depending upon the weather and traffic conditions, try to
maintain more than two-second space. If a lighter vehicle
is ahead of you it will take lesser time to stop while if
a heavy vehicle is ahead of you it would be blocking your
view of the road ahead.
The factors that affect the stopping distance are load,
condition of the road surface, tyres, brakes, driver skill
and type of vehicle.
The vehicle travelling at a higher speed will take longer
distance to stop.
Drivers have to understand that however good a driver they
think they are and however good their car is, a vehicle at
a higher speed will take much longer distance to stop.