What is the speed cushion?
When you learn to drive, you get a lot of advice and tips on how to drive safely. You also learn a lot of laws and rules of the road that help you also to become a conscious and aware driver. All of this training happens over a relatively short time. It is very easy to forget some of the details as you become more comfortable with being behind the wheel in California. However, there is one lesson that you should never forget. The speed cushion, which workerscompensation.com explains is allowing yourself three seconds of space between you and the vehicle in front of you, is one tip that you should put into use every time you are on the road.
It does not matter if you are driving on a highway or in the city. It does not matter if you are going very fast or very slow. The speed cushion could mean the difference between making it safely to your destination or ending up in an accident.
This three-second rule gives you enough time to react to what is happening in traffic ahead of you. It also provides enough space for you to come to a stop without hitting the vehicle in front of you in most cases.
You should keep in mind, though, that you need to expand the speed cushion if you are traveling at high speeds, in bad weather or driving a larger vehicle. This is because you need more time to react and stop in these situations. This information is for education and is not legal advice.
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