That doesn't mean you don't know how to drive, it just means you were too close. It's a common mistake by new drivers. Once you get some experience under your belt, you will most likely find yourself dropping back a bit to allow yourself response time.Originally Posted by Kreeker
When I was young, I used to follow closely also. I always thought my reactions were good enough to drive that way. A few close calls taught me otherwise. I now leave myself enough room to avoid an incident even if I happen to be daydreaming at that particular moment.
Always keep in mind what kind of braking potential your car has. If you are driving a Taurus, leave more room. If you are driving an STi, you have a better chance of stopping in time, but also a better chance of getting rear-ended.
How much room do you normally leave in front of you at 60mph?