Michigan Vehicle Code 257.643 defines the “distance between vehicles” as…the operator of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of the vehicles and the traffic upon and the condition of the highway.”
A safe following distance is easily calculated by using the “2-second rule of thumb” by picking a fixed object on the side of the road such as a sign and when the vehicle in front of you reaches that object start counting one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two. If you reach that object before you have said one-thousand-two you are following too closely! It is suggested that when driving at night to use 3-seconds to allow for more reaction time in the dark.
Remember suggested driving distance will apply during favorable weather and road conditions. Driving in rain, snow, sleet, fog, heavy traffic or on poor pavement conditions will require even more time to stop safely.
Driving is a privilege and not a right and driving safely is everyone’s responsibility! Please remember to maintain adequate following distance to ensure everyone’s safety.