Rear-end collisions not only damage your car, but they could cause you whiplash and a number of other injuries. According to the Washington Post, there are about 1.7 million rear-end collisions on U.S. roadways each year. Here are a few things you can do to reduce the risk of causing, or being involved in, a rear-end collision.
1. Give yourself plenty of room
A good rule of thumb is to always keep 1-2 car-lengths between your vehicle and the one ahead of you. You need to allow yourself enough time to react to a change in driving conditions, should there be one.
2. Check your mirrors
Don’t forget to occasionally check your mirrors to ensure drivers behind you are not getting too close to your vehicle. If so, pull over and let them pass you. A driver in a hurry could easily cause a rear-end collision.
3. Avoid distractions
Texting, talking on the phone, eating, changing the radio station, or even other passengers in your vehicle can cause dangerous distractions. Stay focused on the task at hand and keep your eyes on the road.
4. Brake gradually
Avoid distractions and stay alert so you can come to a gradual stop rather than slamming on the bakes last minute. Not only is last minute braking dangerous, it’s terrible for your vehicle’s brakes and tires. Braking gradually also gives drives behind you time to react.
5. Keep your brake lights in good condition
Drivers behind you are relying on your brake lights to let them know that you’re slowing down. A non-working brake light can be a serious hazard, so you’ll want to make sure they are working properly at all times.
If you find yourself in a rear-end collision, let Tachoir Auto Body help restore your vehicle and get you back on the road as quickly as possible.