Go Back   Team-BHP > Buckle Up > Street Experiences


Reply
 
Thread Tools Search this Thread
Old 14th January 2011, 07:29   #1
Senior - BHPian
 
mooza's Avatar
 
Join Date: Oct 2009
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,040
Thanked: 230 Times
Default What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

I keep around 4 feet distance in front in my Ikon, in crawling traffic. Around 5 feet plus in the case of my Scorpio.

How much distance do you keep ?
mooza is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 07:33   #2
Senior - BHPian
 
clevermax's Avatar
 
Join Date: Jun 2006
Location: Tvm/Amsterdam
Posts: 1,565
Thanked: 360 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Usually about 1.5 meters or more, but sometimes I seal it off with just about a feet to prevent two wheelers from using it as an escape path.
clevermax is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 07:57   #3
Senior - BHPian
 
Gansan's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2009
Location: Chennai
Posts: 3,417
Thanked: 860 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

+1. About 3 - 4 feet, depending upon the presence of two wheelers in the vicinity.
Gansan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 08:06   #4
BHPian
 
Join Date: Aug 2009
Location: Coimbatore / MENA
Posts: 660
Thanked: 946 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

A long time ago, someone who attended a defensive driving course in the US told me of a rule of thumb to follow while stopped in traffic: Always stop far enough to be able to see the rear tyres of the vehicle ahead of you.

Dont know or remember the logic behind it, but its something that's stuck to my head, and have been following since. Not always possible in heavy traffic, but I try.
gthang is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 08:57   #5
Senior - BHPian
 
ghodlur's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Thane
Posts: 4,924
Thanked: 1,912 Times
Red face Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

For me around 4-5 ft is more than enough although some time you might need to keep it lesser than that coz some tailing morons would want me to kiss the front vehicle's rear, I totally neglect them.
ghodlur is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 09:08   #6
Senior - BHPian
 
aaggoswami's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: Vadodara
Posts: 4,628
Thanked: 1,318 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Around a 2-3 feet in dense traffic. If I dont keep less space, then two wheelers from both the sides would come in and eventually it will be me who would be blocked. I earlier used to keep more than 4 feet approx. but in traffic I realized that people would come in between in no time and its me who lost on time. Even cars do dart in between if space is 4-5 feet.

The traffic sense in my city is getting worse than even A'bad.
aaggoswami is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 11:35   #7
BHPian
 
WDM007's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2009
Location: Beaverton, USA
Posts: 236
Thanked: 12 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

In heavy traffic, I try to maintain a distance of 1-2 ft

BUT, if the driver in front looks like new or ladies, the distance kept is 5-6 ft.
WDM007 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 12:26   #8
Senior - BHPian
 
alpha1's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2007
Location: P00NA
Posts: 1,613
Thanked: 949 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Depends on unrulyness of the AUTO RICKSHAWS and TWO WHEELERS.
Usually it is a half car's length, but in unruly situation it is close to inches.
alpha1 is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 12:33   #9
Senior - BHPian
 
sajo's Avatar
 
Join Date: Apr 2005
Location: Pune
Posts: 2,526
Thanked: 727 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

I usually leave about half a car length or more, but then the gap between my car and the one in front of it becomes like a two wheeler island. Now this is even more irritating to drive with than tailgating the car ahead because of (no offence meant) erratic driving patterns of two wheeler riders.
In Pune traffic, simply impossible to maintain a decent distance from the car ahead and yet not have someone try to bully you and take undue advantage of it.
sajo is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 12:40   #10
Distinguished - BHPian
 
amitoj's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2004
Location: Nashua, NH
Posts: 2,947
Thanked: 1,584 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Bumper to Bumper distance depends on door to door distance between my lane and the lanes around me. If there is no space for a two wheeler to squeeze in on my left or right, then i keep a comfortable 5 feet or so distance.
Otherwise, in crawling traffic, i keep a distance of 3 feet or less to discourage two wheelers.
amitoj is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 13:12   #11
Senior - BHPian
 
Join Date: Jul 2010
Location: Bangalore
Posts: 1,817
Thanked: 3,024 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Depends on the gap on the sides. On my daily commute, I generally try to stay in the first lane so I only have to worry about one side with moving/cutting/swerving traffic. If the guy on the left is close enough to block any 2-wheelers, I leave a good gap to the car in front.
Chetan_Rao is online now   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 13:47   #12
BHPian
 
f1fan's Avatar
 
Join Date: Sep 2008
Location: Mumbai
Posts: 693
Thanked: 41 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

In the city:
A feet max if I am behind a car to prevent two wheelers from squeezing in scratching my bumper in the process. If I am behind a bus/truck, I do maintain more distance.
On the highways:
I try to maintain one car length behind heavy vehicles i.e. atleast half a car length.

Strictly no tailgating, be it the city or highway.
f1fan is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 14:27   #13
Senior - BHPian
 
androdev's Avatar
 
Join Date: May 2007
Location: bangalore
Posts: 1,510
Thanked: 1,443 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

Most of my commute is in such traffic situations and I have paid dearly for all scratches and dents so now I have a well established technique.

Stick to left-most or right-most lane so that at least one-side is fully protected from bikes/autos. Either you give them ample space or give none. No ambiguity.

Same pattern for front and rear space. Either leave ample, or leave none.

The bikes/autos squeezing through is a more imminent risk (and very irritating) compared to tail-gate-kissing.

People who say 4-5 feet have not experienced any 'real' bumper-to-bumper traffic in Bangalore With that kind of gap, you will be forever be stuck in one place. Not to forget those bumber-to-bumper merging/crossings situations - requires phenomenal precision and a loud horn - it is a war out there!

Last edited by androdev : 14th January 2011 at 14:29.
androdev is offline   (1) Thanks Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 14:33   #14
Senior - BHPian
 
anekho's Avatar
 
Join Date: Dec 2008
Location: .
Posts: 1,998
Thanked: 658 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

A lot if it's uphill and the car in front of me is a learner.
anekho is offline   Reply With Quote
Old 14th January 2011, 14:38   #15
Senior - BHPian
 
sachinj12's Avatar
 
Join Date: Nov 2009
Location: B'lore/Chicago
Posts: 1,183
Thanked: 160 Times
Default Re: What is your bumper to bumper distance in slow traffic?

A good 5 feet or until the rear wheels are just about visible
sachinj12 is offline   Reply With Quote
Reply


Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search


Similar Threads
Thread Thread Starter Forum Replies Last Post
Simple calculator to compute your car's mileage, Cost / KM, Distance between fills... satish_appasani Shifting gears 30 14th April 2011 16:35
Rear bumper damaged at A.S.S, Promised replacement bumper. Edit: Got new Bumper. amitk26 Technical Stuff 18 26th February 2011 23:52
Do you hate if you have a car which is slow off the blocks at a traffic light? SCH The Indian Car Scene 50 9th August 2010 17:19
Bumper To Bumper MrBoombastic Shifting gears 20 6th January 2006 07:34


All times are GMT +5.5. The time now is 01:40.

Copyright 2000 - 2017, Team-BHP.com
Proudly powered by E2E Networks