• Kenneth Powell

How Many Feet Should You Be Behind A Motorcycle?

Riding a motorcycle in the rain can be adventurous, but it can also be dangerous if you’re not careful. Ideally, you want to be at least two feet behind the motorcycle in case of a slide or crash. You risk gravel, water, and dirt in the eyes, ears, and face if you’re less than that. If you’re more than that, you risk getting clipped by the motorcycle. Pursuing a career as a motorcycle rider carries a number of inherent risks, some of which are unavoidable. The most difficult part of being a motorcyclist is being responsible for the safety of yourself and others on the road.


It’s not uncommon to see vehicles with mounted cameras on modern cars, more commonly referred to as dashcams. But what about motorcyclists? Indeed, motorcycles are more likely to be equipped with dashcams, which are often used for insurance purposes to capture accident footage. And, of course, there’s the footage that’s more commonly meant for entertainment purposes.


When we say “two seconds,” we mean it. The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA) recently published a new rule to reduce the frequency of rear-end collisions caused by drivers not leaving enough space to stop in an emergency. Although the new rule does not require us to stop in the middle of the lane, it does require us to leave at least three feet of space between you and the car in front of you. This is known as the “three-second rule,” and NHTSA has claimed that it will reduce serious rear-end collisions by more than 50%. Read on to learn more.


Factors that impact safe driving distance

Factors that impact safe driving distance


Regulate a Safe Driving Distance

A lot of people don’t realize that there is a legal distance that allows a motorcyclist and a car to pass safely. It’s called motorcyclist distance, and is measured in feet. A number of states across the country have successfully implemented minimum following distances for motorcycles, although some people choose to ignore them in instances of road rage. The idea is simple: if you’re traveling on public roads, you should be able to see the motorcycle before you reach it. If you can’t, drivers are supposed to pull over and let the two vehicles pass since it’s dangerous for the motorcyclist to get too close to the vehicle in front of him or her.


Consider the Consequences

Motorcycles are the fastest way to get around, but that doesn’t mean they’re the safest. A motorcycle’s speed gives you time to see and avoid potential hazards, but it also makes you more susceptible to being clipped by a car, hit by a bus, or injured by a jackknifed haul truck. Motorcyclists should always be alert and be aware of their surroundings at all times and should always take care to ensure they don’t ride too close to the vehicle in front of them. The two-second rule has been around for a while, but what do you do if you don’t follow it? In a survey of over 35,000 drivers, almost half admitted to cheating the rule, with almost 25% saying they do it frequently. And, if you don’t pay attention to the law, you may end up paying more for your car insurance.


Factor in the Driving Conditions

If you’re like me, you’re either a fan of the interstates or a fan of motorcycles. If the latter, then the law probably doesn’t come into play much when you’re on the road—unless you’re a motorcyclist. Motorcyclists are required by law to be at least 3 feet behind any vehicles traveling in the same lane. If this seems excessive, that’s because it is.


A lot of people agree that the two-second rule, or the idea that you must always stop within two seconds of the impact of an accident, is a good rule of thumb. But what happens when you don’t have two seconds to react? You must recall that you should always stop within two seconds of an accident, or you will be too late to avoid injury. But, if you are involved in an accident that takes longer than two seconds to happen, you need to increase braking distance to avoid injury.


There are many different factors to consider when riding a motorcycle, especially if you are riding on the road. One of the most important things to consider is how many feet you should be behind the motorcycle. Many people are unsure of how many feet they should be behind the motorcycle, but some facts are that it is recommended to be at least four feet behind the motorcycle. A motorcycle is a powerful, fast, and extremely dangerous machine that requires you to be out in front of it at all times. If you are behind the motorcycle, it is your responsibility to make sure you can see where it is going and visible to the riders behind you. If you are killed or injured because you were not paying attention, you can be held liable for the accident.