HC Deb 22 July 1959 vol 609 cc1271-2
54. Mr. Page

asked the Minister of Transport and Civil Aviation what information he has concerning the safe gap which should be maintained between a vehicle and a following vehicle at various speeds.

Mr. Nugent

Many professional drivers make a practice of staying at least twenty feet, or about one car's length, behind the car in front for each ten miles of the driver's speed. I believe this practice to be basically sound.

Mr. Page

Has my hon. Friend any statistics to support the recommendations, which I think emanated from his Department, to keep one car's length behind for every ten miles per hour speed? Is this really sufficient, or ought not the safety gap to be much more according to the reports from the Road Research Laboratory?

Mr. Nugent

I do not think so, but we are not officially recommending it. I am saying only that it is a common practice, and I think it is quite a good one.

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