I was just pleased to find we had a thread on the topic already.
It seems that if you stick to the idea of "One and only one topic of conversation per thread" things are pretty organised......
The rule of thumb is that you should be able to see the tires of the car in front of you.
Sounds very arbitrary. What if its a motorbike? You can still see the tyre even while nudged from the bumper.... assuming you are not driving some massive pick-up/truck.
The daft thing is that since most yank cars are automatics, if indeed a 'lil old lady in-front decided to accelerate in reverse then 1mm or 3m won't make much difference.
Sounds to me that it's more a rule for something that doesn't happen. Kinda like thought crime, police be like "Sir, What if you didn't stop in time? Just in case I will put you in jail for not stopping with enough distance as one day you might decide not to stop in time".
While we are on the topic, whenever I think of Americans and 'learning stick drive' I always think of this and chuckle:
corvette clutch burnout – 02:08
The smell must be worse then a thousand dead cats.
You see, i liked my time in 'merica, but this is one if the situations which will keep me mostly in the UK:
And this mentality keeps us on our toes to have good car control. It makes me smile
In 'merica I get some guy telling me i stopped too close to his car, even though I was about 1m (3 and a bit feet) from him... and it was flat. Appreciate that one guy with a shitty temper is not representative of all yank drivers.
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