#22 – Tailgating

#22 – Tuesday, 25 July 2017 – Tailgating

Maaaate… come on… back off… like your ride, but not that close!

Don’t be that driver who follows another car so closely that you can’t stop safely – you risk a fine of $140 and 1 demerit point, but worse, you risk crashing and injuring or killing yourself or someone else!

With ice, frost and snow on the roads recently it takes longer for a driver to stop their vehicle and it’s more likely to skid out of control on wet roads.

Drivers, back off and slow down to a speed that allows you to control your vehicle especially on wet roads and double the distance between you and the vehicle in front so you’ve got room to stop.

• Travelling at 60km/h or less? Leave a two-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

• Travelling at 80km/h or more? Leave a four-second gap between your vehicle and the one in front.

What does that mean and how do you know what a two-second gap is? As the vehicle in front of you passes an object on the side of the road start counting “one thousand and one, one thousand and two” – if you reach the object before you finish counting, you’re following too close.

Want to follow the rule a bit closer? Check out the Tasmanian Road Rules.

Traffic Tuesday Tailgating Graphic