Rear-end collisions account for over 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries in 2012 alone according to the National Transportation Safety Board. However, today’s technologies are mitigating this issue and helping reduce accidents.
Most often argue that rear-end collisions are unavoidable, but that is not the case as these incidents often happen due to following too closely, most especially during wet conditions. To avoid being in such an ugly rut, there are steps you can take to avoid rear-end collision.
- Proper Inspection
Before you embark on any journey, you must inspect your car properly for any malfunction. Perhaps the breaks are no longer responding, or maybe the turn signals are not coming up.
Without taking at least a few minutes to inspect your car, you run a risk of being involved in a rear-end collision. Also, check your tires, headlights, taillights, blinkers, and backup lights. If you cannot do it yourself, get a professional mechanic or use a diagnostic device.
- Always use your rear mirrors
The National Safety Council recommends you check rear mirrors every five to nine seconds while driving. If you can take a moment to watch some rear-end collision footage, you will understand why this advice is important.
Train yourself or your driver to always use the inside rear mirror to see what’s directly behind them. This gives you the added advantage of steering away from danger before it meets you.
- Maintain a safe distance
It is important to leave plenty of spaces with other vehicles. Not only does it deter other drivers from hitting you, but it also gives you enough response time to drive away to safety when sighting a pending accident.
By all means, avoid tailgating. This is a common practice with drivers to follow too closely with other vehicles in front of them. When you notice that a driver is tailgating you, slow down to encourage them to go around.
If that doesn’t work, change your land, or perhaps pull off to the side when it’s safe to do so.
- Always be aware of your surrounding
Driving can be multitasking, and a major part of driving lies in constantly being aware of your surroundings. That is why it isn’t advisable to drive while under the influence since it distorts your awareness and coordination.
You should be alert to the conditions around you. By being alert, you can better respond when there is a coming doom. More reaction time allows you to take calculated action, especially driving away from an incoming accident.
- Effective communication
One of the keys to driving safely is to ensure you effectively communicate with other drivers while on the road. When you’re about to change a lane, it is important you signal your intention before the action.
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