The Hazard Perception Test
Keeping a safe distance to the rear
Maintaining a "safety cushion" behind you is difficult as it is the other driver who has most control of this space. If, as in the picture below, the vehicle behind you is following too closely, slow down slightly to increase the space in front of you. This means that if you spot a hazard in front of you, you can brake more gradually which will allow the vehicle behind more space to stop.
Key points summary: Keeping a safe distance to the rear
- It is difficult to maintain a "space cushion" behind you as the other driver controls the space.
- If the vehicle behind is travelling too closely, slowdown slightly to increase the "space cushion" in front of you.