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    Default Maintaining " BUFFERS " or Safe Distance

    To determine the safe distance, first select a fixed object on the road ahead such as a sign, tree or overpass. When the vehicle ahead of you passes the object, slowly count "one one thousand, two one thousand, three one thousand." If you reach the object before completing the count, you're following too closely. Making sure there are three seconds between you and the car ahead gives you time and distance to respond to problems in the lane ahead of you.





    Driving Conditions

    Good Weather - During daylight with good, dry roads and low traffic volume, you can ensure you're a safe distance from the car ahead of you by following the "three-second rule." The distance changes at different speeds.

    Inclement Weather, Heavy Traffic, or Night-Time Driving
    - In heavy traffic, at night, or when weather conditions are not ideal (eg. light rain, light fog, light snow), double the three second rule to six seconds, for added safety.

    Poor Weather - If the weather conditions are very poor, eg. heavy rain, heavy fog, or heavy snow, start by tripling the three second rule to nine seconds to determine a safe following distance.

    Tailgating - Following a vehicle too closely is called 'tailgating'. Tailgating is an aggressive driving behavior that is easily mistaken for road rage. The SUV s and other big Buses don't care about bikers .Use the three-second rule to avoid tailgating. Most rear end collisions are caused by the vehicle in back following too closely. If someone is tailgating you, move to another lane or turn off the road as soon as possible and allow the tailgating vehicle to pass.

    In poor conditions such as rain, night and gravel roads, it may be necessary to increase your crash avoidance space to four or more seconds. To reduce the risk of riding into the back of another vehicle, the three-second crash avoidance space is essential, as the vehicle in front has the ability to stop very quickly, especially if it collides with another vehicle or a stationary object.



    Maintain Space when stopped

    When you stop behind another vehicle leave at least one car length between your front wheel and the back of the vehicle in front. This will provide some space in case they roll back or if you need to ride around them.



    Maintain Space Behind You

    It is difficult to maintain a crash avoidance space behind you, as another driver or rider controls the space.

    If a vehicle behind is traveling too closely, slow down slightly to increase the space you have in front of you. This will enable you to brake more gradually if you spot a hazard in front, which will enable the following vehicle more time to stop as well.

    Buffering Techniques in Busy and Cut Roads

    Be careful when the ciut roads with and without signals

    Pedestrians may act get confused . So look out for them.



    Look out for vehicles. They may not use indicators




    This similar to city traffic.



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    IMHO...the more the gap, the more people squeeze between you & the vehicle with which you maintain 3 second gap
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    IMHO...the more the gap, the more people squeeze between you & the vehicle with which you maintain 3 second gap
    Ya that is true. In rush cites and metros.

    I normally maintain gap according to the Speed I'm Driving.

    More Speed More gap. So it will help in safe breaking distance
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    Quote Originally Posted by aargee View Post
    IMHO...the more the gap, the more people squeeze between you & the vehicle with which you maintain 3 second gap
    The 3 second gap won't be applicable in Indian traffic. " Get an inch gap try to squeeze into it " the real Indian style . Hoping for a day when all people start practicing good riding behaviour.
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    Default Re: Maintaining " BUFFERS " or Safe Distance

    In Madurai traffic, if I stop with enough distance in front of me, the driver or rider behind me will yell at me to go forward and squeeze the gap.
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    Default Re: Maintaining " BUFFERS " or Safe Distance

    This is really important, but people do always squeeze in every gap they see. Had near accident experiences when very young and dashing riders give hard cuts and overtake aggressively... Really something should be done about them

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    Default Re: Maintaining " BUFFERS " or Safe Distance

    Quote Originally Posted by vaRider View Post
    This is really important, but people do always squeeze in every gap they see. Had near accident experiences when very young and dashing riders give hard cuts and overtake aggressively... Really something should be done about them
    Some of us also have been there and done that, back in the adrenaline days. I don't really understand how can this be controlled.
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    Default Re: Maintaining " BUFFERS " or Safe Distance

    In a traffic situation, the only practical thing to do would be to (taking the general advantage bike seating position allowing you a slightly taller view than the Cars ahead of you) keep a corner of your eye on the vehicle ahead of the vehicle ahead of you. (I know most of you may not agree as this being practical/safe/viable)

    But it gets the job done.

    The vehicle ahead of you will only be affected with the vehicle ahead of It. And also keeping margin for driver's mistakes like when they remember all of sudden to strafe left or right irrespective of lane, jam brakes, or give turn signals which are actually regardless of the actual direction of their travel, etc. You name it, and the behaviour exists.

    In Hyd i noticed pedestrians in Marathon Start position waiting every few metres and they dart across just when you are close to them ( pardon use of Hindi but," ye diler log, kam traffic me utarte hi nahi ) nice city though lot of helpful people!.

    In highway conditions I Usually observed seasoned drivers will be more inclined to follow some or the other official/unofficial rule and not go haywire all of sudden and here, its possible to follow the Buffer Zone mentioned by the thread starter!.
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