2 second rule for learner drivers
Practice the 2 second rule as often as possible and before long, you will find that you maintain a safe following distance without need of practicing this technique. During the driving test it is acceptable to drive too close to a vehicle when for example:
It is important after these situations to impose the 2 second rule as soon as is safely possible, with safe regard to the vehicle behind.
Using the 2 second rule provides not only a general safer way of driving, but can also help to save fuel, brake wear and paint damage as a result of stone chips occurring due to driving too close to the car in-front. See how to save petrol for further information.
The 2 second rule should also be utilised by the learner driver as the driving test examiner will most certainly fail your driving test for driving too close to a vehicle (tailgating), or remaining close to the vehicle for too long.
The simple and effective 2 second rule only applies to dry weather conditions and should be extended depending on the weather. Generally if the conditions are wet, the 2 seconds should be double to 4 seconds to allow for longer braking distances due to slippery roads. For frosty or icy conditions, this needs to be extended further.
The 2 second rule isn't just for the car in-front however. If a car is driving too close behind you (tailgating), you will also need to take their thinking distance into account by leaving a sufficient and safe distance between yourself and the car in-front.
By following the 2 second rule, if the car in front of you brakes sharply, you will be able to slow down in good time, but also allow plenty of time for the car behind you to slow down. It's also essential to learn safe braking techniques such as progressive braking. Progressive braking once leant allows for safer driving and less wear and tear on your vehicle.
Driving too close to parked cars
Driving unnecessarily close to parked cars more than once is likely to fail the driving test. Try if possible to leave at least around a 1 metre gap (or a car doors width) from the side of your car to the side of the parked car on the left. This is in case a car door opens and with this distance you should hopefully avoid it. It is of course not always possible to leave a 1 metre gap.