You should know how to do it by now, right?

What more can you learn? You'd be surprised.

Do you know the three-second rule?

AARP recently issued a press release emphasizing the importance of the three-second rule, which is taught to people of all ages in the majority of driving courses.

In fact, residents over the age of 62 are reminded of the tip when they take the AARP driver safety course, which is available periodically in the Greater New Milford area.

AARP officials said the three-second rule may be the easiest rule to learn. It is as follows:

When driving in traffic, make note when the car directly in front of you passes a fixed point such as a sign, overpass or any other marker you can easily identify.

When the car passes that point, begin to count one Mississippi, two Mississippi, three Mississippi.

If you reach the same marker in less than three seconds of counting, you are driving too closely to the car in front of you.

You should drop back and try the three-second rule again until you are three or more seconds away.

The three-second rule works at any speed and on any kind of road.

If the weather is bad, you should add a few seconds to ensure you keep your distance behind the car in front of you.

For example, light rain makes the road a bit slippery, so you should allow four seconds.

Icy conditions, snow or fog may require you to count to four, five or six seconds.