Hitting someone from behind in your vehicle or being rear-ended yourself is one of the most common causes of accidents. In fact, the National Highway Safety Administration estimates that almost a third of all automobile accidents in the United States are rear-enders.
Avoiding rear-end collisions can save a lot of headache. According to today’s collision repair centers, the best things you can do to prevent rear-end collisions is to ensure that there is plenty of space between yourself and the car in front of you, braking slowly and ensuring that your brake lights function.
How much space should I leave before the car in front of me?
If you are approaching a stoplight and there is a car in front of you, A good rule to follow is the “tires and tarmac” rule. When you stop, you should leave enough space between you and the car before you so that you can see both the car in front of you and its rear wheels. You should also see some of the pavement behind the car.
Following this rule ensures that even if somebody rear-ends you, you have enough space to maneuver and enough cushion to prevent your car from hitting the car in front of you.
What should I know about braking?
Slowing down and tapping your brake lights before getting to the actual desired stopping point is a good idea. The more notice you give the car behind you that you are stopping, the more likely it is they will slow down.
Make sure that your brake lights are functioning. If your brake lights do not work, the likelihood of somebody rear-ending you goes up considerably.