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# You should always measure your following distance in a car?

Updated: 4/28/2022

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### You should always measure your following distance in what?

You should always measure your following distance by car length. This will give yourself time to break when necessary without being close to the driver ahead of you.

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### To calculate following distance you should use what?

It depends on how long a distance you want to measure!

### What is following distance?

What is following distance? Following distance is the space between your vehicle and the vehicle in front of you while driving. It's important for all drivers to maintain a safe following distance, so that they have time to safely stop in case the vehicle in front of them brakes abruptly.

### What measurement types should you always measure your following distance in?

It is best to measure it in the most easiest measurement, e.g. kilometres for journeys but millimetres or centimetres for construction. It is also easiest to measure using the metric system because they can easily be converted. But, in some cases, it is important to either measure or record the measurement as metres because it is the international SI units e.g. international projects such as probe design.

### While driving how should you measure your following distance between cars?

The rule of thumb is one car length for every 10 miles per an hour that the car you are driving is traveling. For example: You are traveling 70 miles an hour on the interstate, the car you are following should be seven car lengths ahead of you.

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

Yes, absolutely, always give the vehicle ahead of you room to maneuver especially a motorcycle. Your car or truck has no problem running over a motorcycle and its riders.

### What is the distance for following an emergency vehicle?

You should probably not be following one in the first place.

### Under normal conditions a safe following distance between your car and a motorcycle should be?

Under normal conditions a safe following distance between your car and a motorcycle should be?

### What to use to measure distance on a map?

If you look at the bottom of the map, there should be a scale. Take a ruler, measure the distance for each measurement, and convert to what you need

### What does cushion of safety mean?

It is your following distance. You should be able to stop within the distance of you and the car in front of you. However if you should have a vehicle that is following you real close, you should give yourself a larger area of cushion.