A newish running thread regarding a member's crash, fortunately without any injuries we know about, prompted me to post the following: This has led to a bit of discussion on stopping distances and keeping a safe gap to the vehicle in front. Rightly so, another member has suggested that the unfortunate driver (Andy) who has sustained extensive damage to his beloved car and is still probably in shock, doesn't want to hear right now any inferences that it may have been partly his fault. I thought it best to bring such discussions to a new thread, although I'm sure the subject has been brought up before. I, and no doubt the others who commented in that thread on safe gaps and stopping distances, weren't apportioning any blame to Andy because we weren't there and don't know exactly what happened. What I wanted to do was use use this instance as a reminder to think about the gap we leave to the vehicle in front. This was one of the responses to the extract from the Highway Code that I quoted: Yes, it's huge isn't it. But you need to be aware that at 70mph you will travel 103 feet (31.3 metres) in just one second! So that's just three seconds to cover the typical overall stopping distance from 70mph. Is it really worth risking your life and that of others, or even a smashed front end to your car, by driving closer than this?