# When following a motorcycle what should be your following distance?

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## What is the correct following distance?

A defensive driver maintains a safe following distance of at least three seconds behind the vehicle ahead and increases it depending on weather and road conditions.

## When should you increase your following distance on a motorcycle?

Increase. When following a motorcycle, allow a greater following distance than you would when following any other vehicle. Motorcycles are able to stop and turn more quickly than larger vehicles and a driver following a motorcyclist needs time to react to their quick movements.

## Is the 5 second rule a following distance?

If it takes you 3-5 seconds to pass an object after the car ahead of you has passed it, you’re at a safe following distance. You’ll need more space the faster you’re driving, so keep that in mind. If you follow any closer than 3 seconds, you’ll be tailgating the person in front of you, like a big jerk.

## How many car lengths is 2 seconds?

The two-second rule is useful as it works at most speeds. It is equivalent to one vehicle- length for every 5 mph of the current speed, but drivers can find it difficult to estimate the correct distance from the car in front, let alone to remember the stopping distances that are required for a given speed.

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## Can you legally share a lane with a motorcycle?

If you’re unfamiliar with the term, lane sharing is when a motorcyclist drives between two lanes and passes cars in slower traffic on each side. California is the only state in the country where lane sharing is legal, but remember it is only legal if it is carried out safely.

## How many car lengths should be between motorcycles?

Allow a following distance of at least four motorcycle lengths. On dry pavement, four seconds of space is generally a safe following distance to allow between you and the vehicle ahead. You should always allow plenty of space when following a motorcycle.

## What makes motorcycles hard to see?

Motorcycles can easily get in another vehicle’s blind spot, leading to the driver not being able to see them. Hazardous weather conditions can make it more difficult to see motorcycles, especially if they don’t have lights that are working properly.

## How many car lengths should you be behind?

“Here’s the deal. Figure one car length for every ten miles an hour,” Barndt said. “So if you’re doing 55 miles an hour you should have six car lengths between you so that if something happens to the car in front of you, you have time to stop or react.”

## How many feet behind a car should you be?

The two-second rule is a rule of thumb by which a driver may maintain a safe trailing distance at any speed. The rule is that a driver should ideally stay at least two seconds behind any vehicle that is directly in front of his or her vehicle.

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## What is the 3 second rule in food?

“If you drop some food stuff there [on the floor], don’t eat it,” Tierno said. “A lot of people do stupid stuff, and they have the three second rule, which is nonsense.” (So is the five-second rule, or whatever-second-rule you might follow.)