"The 2 Second Rule"
The Most Important Rule
The Least One Followed...
If every biker followed this rule
- all the time - in every situation -
it would probably save more lives then any "riding rule" out there.
Proper understanding of the 2-second rule is
virtually essential to survival;
READ THIS COMPLETELY...
In fact, it's so simple, that people who
try to follow it,
still tend to mess it up
The rule is this:
Sounds simple enough - now how do you gauge the 2 second distance?
By Counting - While Riding
While riding behind another vehicle (motorcycle or cage), pick a point ahead - then, as the vehicle gets to that spot - begin counting the seconds. A hash mark (dotted line in the middle of the lane) is often used for this beginning spot or mark.
Now Count: one - two - WRONG!
Here is the mistake - your counting is wrong
You forgot the first second
Proper Count: Zero (or "mark") - One - Two
Additionally - Any Vehicle diagonally ahead, or near your side in the next lane should be at least 1 second ahead or behind - period
This means that in Group rides - if you are riding in "double" or "staggered" formation, the person directly ahead should be 2 seconds distance from you, and the person in the staggered position should be 1 second distance from you. PLUS, the persons behind you should be doing likewise - or they are guilty of "tail-gating", and we know what happens to people who tailgate.
If you can't Count - Maybe You Shouldn't Ride...?