How much distance should I keep between me and other motorists?

Many accidents on Quebec roads could be avoided if all road users — car drivers, truckers, cyclists, motorcyclists and pedestrians — kept a safe distance from others. Allowing sufficient space enables motorists to anticipate dangers and brake in time. Here are a few tips on how to safely share the road while driving.

Cars and motorcycles

If you’re driving in optimal conditions with dry pavement and full visibility, calculate a three-second gap between you and the vehicle ahead of you. If it’s raining, snowing or windy, increase the number of seconds. Depending on the severity of the weather conditions, you might need to maintain a gap of five seconds or more. Additionally, if you come to a stop behind a vehicle at a red light or stop sign, you should be far enough back to be able to see its rear tires.

Bicycles and pedestrians

According to the Highway Safety Code in Quebec, you must slow down when approaching a cyclist or pedestrian. Then, you must leave at least one metre of space between your vehicle and the bicycle or pedestrian in a zone of 50 kilometres per hour or less. In zones with speed limits over 50, leave a space of 1.5 metres.

Heavy vehicles

These vehicles have multiple blind spots. When you’re driving near large vehicles, keep this rule in mind: if you can’t see their mirrors, the driver can’t see you either. Try to avoid driving alongside them. As much as possible, stay well ahead or behind them. 

School buses

For the sake of children’s safety, keep your distance from school buses. Whether driving behind one or approaching one, if you see a school bus activate its flashing lights or stop sign, you must bring your vehicle to a stop at least five metres away.

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