My Fascination With Car Spacing at Traffic Lights

So, a couple of years ago, I began to notice a strange trend drivers were engaged in: leaving 1.5 to 2 full car lengths between themselves and the car in front of them.

Why are they doing this?  Don’t they realize they’re actually causing more trouble for the cars that are further back and may be stuck in an intersection?

I had to capture it and analyze it.  After all, that’s what “Aspies” like me do.

My conclusion is that most (not all) of the drivers who leave an excessive amount of space between themselves and the car in front of them is due to cellphone usage (e.g. texting or browsing or playlist shuffling or..).  That result is an easy one to explain.  I can’t explain the other group that is consciously leaving that amount of space—looking straight ahead and seemingly aware of what they’re doing.  Why???

Below, are my compilation of drivers caught in-the-act—they are STOPPED—the traffic is NOT in motion during these pics.

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