Avoiding Rear-End Collisions
Keep a safe following distance
It’s not rocket science to know that rear-end collisions happen when the car in front of us brakes unexpectedly and we’re so close on his tail, we don’t have enough space to stop before crashing into him. It follows that increasing your following distance is the sensible thing to do. The National Highway Safety Administration recommends the three-second rule: when the car in front of you passes a fixed object like a tree or a bridge, count how many seconds it takes you to reach the same fixed object. If it’s less than three seconds, reduce your speed and increase your following distance. Increase your following distance to six seconds if it’s raining, snowing, or foggy; rear-end collisions increase dramatically when the roads are wet and slippery.
Check brakes and tires often
Be considerate of other drivers
While it’s vital that we avoid rear-ending others, we can also help other drivers to avoid crashing into us if we do a few simple things:
• Make sure that your brake taillights are working correctly so that the car behind you is alerted when you’re slowing down or stopping.
• Slow down gradually before coming to a stop instead of slamming on the brakes at the last second
• Use your blinkers so that the driver behind you knows that you’re about to slow down and make a turn or change lanes on the highway.
One-third of all car crashes in the U.S.A. are rear-end collisions and Arizona is no different. We can’t avoid all rear-end collisions; a split-second of inattention, or a hidden pothole, and we’ll be exchanging insurance information with another driver. But if we don’t drive under the influence, and follow the common-sense rules above, the chances are that our car won’t be the one of three needing rear-end repairs this year.
If even after trying to avoid a crash you find yourself in an accident and in need of repairs, call Orlando Auto Body at 480-351-1734.