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What’s the Two-Second Rule?

Follow the motorcyclist two-second rule for following other vehicles. It could save your life. You know that it’s very important that motorcyclists keep a safe distance between themselves and other vehicles on the road. But just how do you calculate that distance?

I’m personal injury attorney Mike Lombardi. The more experienced you are as a motorcyclist, the better you are able to judge safe following distances. However, for newer or rusty bikers, the two-second rule can help gauge this distance.

What is the two-second rule?

Although it is an inexact science, it does provide riders a physical reference point to gauge distances. The rule simply allows for at least two seconds between the rider and the passenger vehicle or motorcycle in front of them. It affords the rider enough time to slow down or stop as needed.

How it works

This is how it works. The rider chooses a fixed reference point. Perhaps an exit sign. As soon as the vehicle in front of him passes it, he counts two seconds. If the rider reaches the exit sign in less than two seconds, he’s riding too close and should ease off the throttle to extend the distance.

Two seconds is the minimum

Keep in mind that the two-second rule is a minimum following distance, and is based on dry and ideal riding conditions. For the distance to be safe, the rider must be alert and focused on any potential road hazard ahead, like potholes, debris, construction and other possible safety obstacles. In less than ideal weather or riding conditions, the two second rule should be extended to four.

The two-second rule gives inexperienced motorcycle riders a basis for gauging minimum safe following distances between themselves and passenger vehicles as well as other motorcycles in front of them. With careful observation of potential hazards, this rule helps motorcyclists claim their place on the road.

Unfortunately, accidents do happen even to the most responsible motorcyclists. If you’re a victim of a motorcycle accident, please give me a call or text me at Mike Lombardi Injury Attorneys, so we can discuss your case. We want to help you in any way that we can.

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