# Question: How Many Feet Do You Stop Behind A School Bus?

## How many feet should you stop before a bus?

You must stop your vehicle at least 20 feet before reaching a school bus that is stopped with its red lights flashing whether it is on your side of the road, the opposite side of the road, or at an intersection, you are approaching. You must remain stopped until the flashing red lights are no longer operating.

## How many meters do you stop behind a school bus?

You must come to a full stop about 20 metres (about 4 to 5 car lengths) away from the school bus. This distance allows drivers of other vehicles behind you to see the flashing lights and students crossing the highway.

## What is the three second rule?

Basically, you should always allow three full seconds between yourself and the vehicle in front of you. If you find that you’ve passed the marker point before you finish counting the three seconds, you are following the other vehicle too closely. This simple rule works no matter what speed you’re traveling at.

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## When driving what is the 3 second rule?

The three-second rule is recommended for passenger vehicles during ideal road and weather conditions. Slow down and increase your following distance even more during adverse weather conditions or when visibility is reduced. Also increase your following distance if you are driving a larger vehicle or towing a trailer.

## When can you drive behind a school bus?

Keep a safe distance if you’re behind the school bus. You should pass that landmark in two seconds or more. When stopped behind a school bus, allow for at least ten feet between the rear of the bus and the front of your automobile.

## Should I turn my head when changing lanes?

Simply stated, you need to turn your head far enough to clear the area not visible in your mirrors. I generally instruct that it should be a ‘shoulder check’ far enough the you can see the area alongside your rear passenger door – if you have one.

You must stop at least thirty feet from a stopped school bus that is loading or unloading children. This is required by law whether you are meeting the bus or traveling behind it.

## How many car lengths is a safe distance?

The rule of thumb is to maintain at least a three-second following distance, giving you time to react and avoid potentially dangerous situations. You can calculate this by using a fixed object, such as a pole or an overpass to determine how far in front of you the car is.

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## What is a safe distance to drive behind a car?

The two-second rule is a rule of thumb by which a driver may maintain a safe trailing distance at any speed. The rule is that a driver should ideally stay at least two seconds behind any vehicle that is directly in front of his or her vehicle.

## What is the 4 second rule while driving?

The 4 second rule’s main purpose is to ensure drivers stay at least 4 seconds behind the car in front of them. 4 seconds is proven to be the adequate distance to prevent crashes, contradicting previous estimates of 2-3 seconds.

## What is the 3 to 4 second rule?

To avoid this, use the “three-second rule.” When the vehicle ahead of you passes a certain point, such as a sign, count “ one-thousand-one, one-thousand-two, one-thousand-three.” This takes about three seconds. If you pass the same point before you finish counting, you are following too closely.

## How does the 3 seconds plus rule work?

Simply leave 3 seconds worth of room between you and the vehicle you are following. Just watch the vehicle in front of you pass a road sign or other inanimate object on the side of the road and count out “One Massachusetts, Two Massachusetts, Three Massachusetts” before your vehicle passes that same object.

## Do you have to stop for 3 seconds?

There is no 3-second rule under the Highway Traffic Act. It was a technique used by instructors to get inexperienced drivers to stop and pay attention to the road. The law requires you to stop, but it does not say how long. It could be for a fraction of a second and still be valid.