‘Car Gapping’: The Driving Etiquette Peeve We All Experience (But Nobody Talks About)

“Move up dummy! You’re causing congestion!”

I normally write about technology and finance, but today I was so peeved by something I saw as I sat in traffic, that I had to Google it to see if it was some unusual phenomena that’s been spoken about before. I couldn’t find anything on it. It’s something that’s been itching at me for years. It’s like something Jerry Seinfeld would vent about and I needed to get it off my chest.

What I’m about to describe to you is called“Car Gapping”. (Yes, I made up this term. It needed a name, so I invented it.)

What is ‘Car Gapping’?

Before I explain what that is, let me first get into a term known as ‘Space cushion’, so I can explain the difference between intelligent drivers, and asinine drivers.

Example of a Space Cushion

According to Wikipedia, Space Cushion is: The two-second rule is a rule of thumb by which a driver may maintain a safe trailing distance at any speed.

The rule is that a driver should ideally stay at least two seconds behind any vehicle that is directly in front of his or her vehicle. It is intended for automobiles, although its general principle applies to other types of vehicles. Some areas recommend a three-second rule instead of a two-second rule to give an additional buffer.

Space Cushioning is simply driving with common sense, allowing proper space between you and the other drivers around you and enough reaction time for you to stop incase something were to happen, you have enough time to pull-over or swerve out of the way before an accident occurs.

But what is Car Gapping? It’s basically when an asinine driver takes it amongst himself to:

  • Leave a giant gap the size of Mount Rushmore between the red light and themselves.
  • Leave a giant gap between themselves and the car in front of them.

You then happen to be beside this asinine driver and you give them the “look”, hoping they catch the cue and they realize they’re own stupidity.

Giving Car Gappers the “look”.

They then just stay there, leaving a gap in front of them so large, there’s congestion building up behind them — and no f*ck’s are given!

It’s such an unusual phenomenon that’s been happening that I felt compelled to write this very article about it.

Below is the normal everyday sight we should see at a red light. All drivers are keeping a safe distance between themselves. The right way to drive — all is good!

It’s really not that hard to drive with common courtesy.

Phew! Glad I got this off my chest. 😏




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Financial Expert & Tech Writer for The Monetizer

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