According to the National Transportation Safety Board, over 1,700 deaths and 500,000 injuries were caused by rear-end collisions in 2012 alone. However, the good news is that today's technologies are helping to mitigate this issue and reduce accidents. While some people may believe that rear-end collisions are unavoidable, they are often caused by following too closely, particularly in wet conditions.
In this blog, we will discuss practical tips to help you avoid rear-end collisions and stay safe on the road, whether you are a new or experienced driver. By taking these steps, you can reduce the risk of getting into an accident and keep yourself and others safe.
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.
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.
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.
Driving can be multitasking, and a major part of driving lies in being aware of your surroundings. That is why driving while under the influence isn't advisable 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.
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, you must signal your intention before the action.
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