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Tailgating..what does the law say?

Tailgating..what does the law say?

We have all had it happen-someone following too close or stopping at (what feels like) about a foot off your bumper!

What can we do about it?

This is what the Colorado Drivers Manual says about it;

11.3 FOLLOWING ANOTHER VEHICLE(C.R.S. 42-4-1008(1)) FOLLOWING TOO CLOSELY“The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow anothervehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent,having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and thetraffic upon and the condition of the highway.
”Under normal conditions, use the “THREE SECONDRULE.” Watch the car ahead of you; when it passes areference point (such as a mile marker, sign or telephonepole) then count “one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two,one-thousand-three.” If you pass the reference point beforeyou finish counting, you are following too closely.
It is also important to consider weather, road conditions,the amount of traffic, and time of day. If the road is slick,the stopping distance required is greatly increased.
The only thing I found in this manual, regarding distance from the car in front of you (other then what I copied above) is that you should be able to see the back tires, of the car in front of you.  I will look on the Police Departments site to see what the actual law is.  No wonder people come too close…it doesn’t even say anything specific about it here.
For me, maybe because I have been in the insurance industry for 20 years, stopping too close means that;
1.  If someone comes up on me too quickly and hits me from behind-I will most likely hit the car in front of me.  If I rear end the car in front of me, I am at fault-so I may get ticketed and my car insurance rate will probably go up.
2.  It also might put the person in front of me in an uncomfortable mood-I am now in their space-and last I checked, road rage has not gone away!
3.  If I accidentally start moving forward before the person in front of me, I have a better chance of running into them.

This is a big deal to me.  I get nervous about it.  I hope you will keep this in mind, when you drive.


This is the link for the full manual;  Colorado Drivers Manual