:( The person in the SUV died (the car that no longer looks like a vehicle..only twist metal) thats awful. I know I saw this on the news, but I was busy at the time so I wasn't paying attention (yes it made international news...)
You know, after looking it up, I found that the DMV website for my state says to give the two seconds. "Allow no less than 2 seconds between vehicles during the daytime. Allow more leeway for different conditions: 3 seconds at night, and 4 seconds during inclement weather such as during rain, snow, or ice."
But I was never taught that in drivers ed. It was something like 'give one car length distance between you and the car in front of you for every X miles per hour.' I think it was ten. But my memory sucks.
Actually, FEDERAL law for Commercial vehicles, which the Semi and the bus BOTH fall under, requires FAR more than 2 seconds.
To begin with, the Semi was NOT in the wrong here. He was already stopped. The Pickup is the one that failed to stop in time and hit the semi.
The Busses were ALSO following FAR too closely to the Truck. According to law requirements, the Bus should have given itself time to stop according to a formula that figures in stopping distance of the vehicle and the speed.
Those busses basically should have been AT LEAST 150 yards behind that truck.
I've never heard of the two second rule, but surely it depends what speed you're going. Whenever I'm on the motorway I think about those markings on the M6. The space you need to allow at 70mph is much larger than most people seem to realise.
Two second rule in dry weather, four seconds in wet weather, they're called chevrons, they're two seconds apart at the road speed, as obviously it is different at 30 compared to 70. It is in theory tests.
2-4 secs aint enough for me.. lol I'm one of those I judge on how fast we're going, road conditions, familiarity of the road, how they are driving, how I am driving, how my reflexes are that day.. yes I'm that pain in the ass driver (but atleast I still go the speed limit!)
I wouldnt even had been between the semi and buses.. yes that how anal I am about driving...I woulda pulled over and repositioned myself on the road...
needless to say... I only drive when I have to ..lol
Colorado is doing a huge sting on tailgating, if you are less then a certain number of car lengths behind a car on a highway or city street, you can guarantee you will be getting pulled over. The police say 1 car length for every 10 miles per hour you are driving.