There are many factors that contribute to causing traffic accidents. One of them, however, is failure to maintain a safe safety distance from the vehicle ahead.
Although the concept “safe distance” May have different definitionsdepending on road, traffic and weather conditions, international researches have concluded that a safe distance between vehicles is that of 2 sec (in meters, calculated as the distance traveled by the vehicle in 2 sec. based on the speed it moves).
In many new cars there is, in fact, also relevant warning on the instrument panel. On the contrary, for heavy vehicles over 7.5 tons or for vehicles with length of at least 7 metersthe specific distance is set at 50 meters.
An investigation of of the Belgian Vias instituteanalyzing the driving style 4 million car drivers and 400,000 truck and bus drivers showed that in Belgian highwaysalmost 6 out of 10 car drivers (58%) keep a distance from the vehicle in front under 2 sec.
For trucks the results were slightly betterdespite the fact that approximately the 33% of their driversstill driving keeping a distance less than 50 m.
Yes, the problem is observed more in the middle lane (64%) and in left (65%) than at right (49%), while it is noteworthy that the percentages are higher on weekdays in relation to weekends.
In addition, the percentage of passenger cars that leave distance less than one 1 sec. reaches 27%. And in this case, the problem is more noticeable in middle and left lane (1 car in 3 cars on average follows at a distance of less than one second) than on the right.
Source: RES – BEE
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