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Reducing the risk of rear-end collisions

On Behalf of | Mar 22, 2024 | Car accidents

Rear-end collisions are an everyday occurrence on the nation’s roads. They are also easily avoidable, in most cases at least. 

Learning what you can do to reduce the chance you are involved in one is wise, as even a minor one will be inconvenient, and some can be fatal. Here are some tips:

Do not get too close to the vehicle in front

The recommended following distance is three seconds minimum. Safety experts realized it was easier to give it in seconds rather than meters, as by maintaining a time gap, the distance in feet adjusts with your speed. Remember that is an absolute minimum, and you should increase it if conditions are anything other than ideal.

Brake with plenty of time

Slamming on your brakes at the last minute reduces the time anyone following you has to notice and apply their brakes. If you can see a set of lights ahead and think they might change to red before you get there, start slowing gradually rather than leaving it till the last.

You should also give plenty of warning with your turn signals before changing lanes or pulling off the road.

Stay alert

Staying alert and focused on the road can seem difficult with so much vying for your attention, but it’s crucial. It will give you much more time to react to changing traffic signals, hazards or other drivers’ maneuvers.

If a collision does occur, learning more about how to claim compensation will be crucial to cover repairs to your car, the costs of any injuries you suffer and the inconveniences that result.