Motorcycle Driver’s Handbook


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Three-second rule

For proper following distance, use the three-second rule.  

Three-second rule animation motorcycle vehicle time - zero second
  1. The car ahead is approaching a check point (a power pole, road sign, etc.).
    Three-second rule - zero second
  2. Begin counting as the rear of the car ahead passes the check point.
    Three-second rule - one second
  3. If it takes less than three seconds to reach the check point, you’re too close.
    Three-second rule - two second
  4. Three seconds (one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three) is correct for ideal conditions. Allow more space in poor conditions. Keep well behind the vehicle ahead even when you are stopped. This will make it easier to get out of the way if someone bears down on you from behind.
    Three-second rule - three second

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Rev: 2015