# Why is allowing a space cushion important?

### When driving, how much space cushion do you have?

A space cushion is a buffer zone surrounding your car that you keep in place to provide yourself extra freedom to move if the situation demands it. Know what’s in your space cushion, scan it often, and keep an eye out for other cars at all times. Maintain a minimum of a three-second following distance in front of you – four or five seconds in inclement weather – at all times.

### What methods do you use to maintain control over the space behind your vehicle?

Managing the Physical Environment. To drive defensively, you must be aware of your surroundings and manage the road space around your vehicle. You can accomplish this by maintaining control of your vehicle’s speed, correctly positioning your vehicle in a lane, and communicating with other road users. The most important concept to remember is to maintain a safe distance from the vehicle in front of you.

### In what amount of space should you leave between you and the vehicle in front of you?

The two-second rule is the most straightforward and quickest method of calculating a safe following distance (the safe amount of distance between you and the car in front of you). Essentially, the two-second rule states that you should always travel at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you, regardless of the speed at which you are travelling.

### Should you make every effort to maintain a safe distance between your vehicle and other objects?

It is preferable to keep your space cushion as clear of traffic as possible in order to ensure that you always have time and space to react to the actions of other motorists. When driving in excellent weather conditions, you are safe as long as you are at least two seconds behind the automobile in front of you.

### What kind of space should you leave in front of your automobile when you park it?

At speeds below 40 mph, one decent rule of thumb for how much distance you should maintain in front of you is at least 1 second for every 10 feet of vehicle length. When travelling at higher speeds, you must factor in an extra one second for safety. A 40-foot vehicle, for example, should be given 4 seconds between it and the vehicle in front of it when driving.

### What does the abbreviation IPDE stand for?

Identify, predict, make a decision, and carry out the plan

### Do you use your high lights while driving in the fog?

Heavy rain, snow, sleet, or fog are all possibilities. When your visibility is less than 150 metres, such as when driving through heavy rain, you should use your low beam headlights to illuminate the road ahead of you. It is possible that if you use your high beams while driving in dense fog, the light will be reflected back to you.

### Why do you require the extra cushion in front of you when you are coming to a stop on a hill?

Please provide for additional space while stopping on a slope or incline for vehicles that are obliged to come to a stop at railroad crossings, such as buses and school buses, as well as vehicles transporting hazardous goods (gasoline tankers, for example). Allow for extra space because the vehicle in front of you may begin to roll back once it gets moving.

### What is the best way to park uphill?

Parking on a hillside is recommended. In order to go uphill while approaching a curb, move the front wheels away from the curb and let your car to gently roll backwards until the rear section of the front wheel touches the curb, acting as a block. Driving downhill: When you come to a complete stop in a vehicle travelling downhill, move your front wheels toward the curb.

### What is the optimal number of cushions between a motorbike and a car?

When you find yourself behind a motorbike, increase your driving distance and keep a buffer of at least 4 seconds between you and the motorcycle. You should choose something to count the seconds between when the motorcycle passes and when you pass it (for example, a tree, a road sign, or a house). This cushion provides you with the necessary time to react to the unexpected.

### Who or what is commonly considered to be the most important component of your cushion of safety?

It is important to maintain a “cushion of safety” around your van, which should be free of other vehicles and pedestrians. In terms of “cushion of safety,” maintaining a safe following distance for vehicle control is perhaps the most important aspect to consider.

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