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Question:

You are following another vehicle. In North Carolina, what is the recommended following distance?

A At least two seconds
Explaination

The North Carolina Driver's Handbook recommends the "two-second rule," a following distance of at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. You can measure your following distance by noting when the vehicle in front of you passes some stationary object and then counting the seconds that elapse before you reach the same object. If driving conditions are poor or traffic is heavy, you should increase your following distance. [Following, Basic Driving Skills and Rules, Chapter 4 – Your Driving, North Carolina Driver's Handbook]