DALLAS – Early this Tuesday morning, a woman rear-ended a Dallas Area Rapid Transit (DART) bus. The woman and the passenger in her car were taken to a hospital, though it’s currently unclear how severe their injuries are. No one on the bus was hurt.
How to Share the Road with Buses
If the bus in front of you comes to a sudden stop, you need to be trailing far enough to avoid a crash. But how far is far enough, exactly? The right distance depends on how fast you’re going and the road conditions. Use the four-second rule as a baseline to start.
What’s the Four Second Rule?
Simply, the four-second rule means that you should allow a minimum of four seconds of space between your vehicle and the one you’re following. Add more in bad weather. Add more over rough roads. Add more through construction zones or school zones. And then just add more to be extra safe.
What If the Bus Slams Its Brakes?
The idea of the four-second rule is to avoid an accident, even if the bus driving in front of you comes to a sporadic stop. It’s why, in most cases, the “tailing” driver in a rear-end accident must take responsibility for the accident (and why their insurance has to pay for it). It’s also why tailgating is illegal.