One of the most common types of car accidents is a rear-end collision. Prevention is important; follow these tips to reduce your risk of being involved in a rear-end crash and what steps you need to take if you or a loved one were harmed in this type of motor vehicle accident.
Prevention Tips for Rear-End Collisions
1. Eliminate distractions.
Don’t text and drive, and keep other distractions at a minimum when possible. Don’t eat behind the wheel and change climate controls before you leave or while your vehicle is stopped. If you need to use your phone, use a handsfree device.
2. Leave space between your vehicle and others.
Avoid following other vehicles too closely; when you do, the chances of causing a rear-end collision are much higher. Leave approximately one car length between you and the other car for every 10 mph you’re going.
3. Pull your vehicle over if you’re too tired to drive.
Research shows that driving while fatigued impairs your reaction time as much as driving while intoxicated does. If you get tired while driving, ask someone in the car to take over for a little while, or pull over and nap at a rest stop. Never drive you vehicle longer than eight hours at a time, especially if you’re a commercial driver.
4. Check your brake lights often and replace as needed.
Inspect your car for outages in your brake lights and replace with new bulbs. Driving with one or both brake lights out makes it harder for the car behind you to stop in time.
5. Pull off the road if there’s an aggressive driver nearby.
If you see a driver who might be intoxicated or who is driving aggressively, let them drive around you by slowing down or pulling over to the shoulder.
6. Avoid slamming on your brakes, especially during inclement weather.
Hitting your brakes abruptly sometimes can’t be avoided when you’re in a messy traffic situation, but it does increase your risk of causing an accident. Do this only when necessary, especially when the roads are wet or icy.
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