The Traffic Safety Act 225 - Following vehicles
No driver of a vehicle on a highway shall follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable having regard to:
- (a) the speed of the other vehicle;
- (b) the amount and nature of traffic on the highway; and
- (c) the condition of the highway.
How the rule is applied
When driving in traffic it is recommended that there is a minimum 3 second following distance, longer if there are poor road or weather conditions. If you are following a large truck or van that blocks your view of traffic ahead, drop back to more than 3 seconds until you can see around the vehicle. In a situation where the driver is following to close to a big truck or van, and the big truck or van stops suddenly due to a hazard, the following driver would be unable to avoid a collision. The following driver would be held responsible and deemed 100% at fault for following too close.