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How Dangerous is Tailgating?

March 25, 2020
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The majority of car crashes are rear-ended collisions, and they are mostly caused by tailgating. Following another car too closely is a dangerous situation that can harm not only you but everyone else on the road. This is because cars need a certain amount of space in order to stop safely. Tailgating can be caused by a careless driver not paying attention, or an aggressive driving trying to pass slower vehicles. This behavior has caused over 25,752 crashes in Texas alone.

Tailgating occurs when it becomes impossible to stop your vehicle from hitting the vehicle in front of you if they come to a sudden stop. This is because when you tailgate, you decrease the amount of time you have to react. The time you have to avoid roadside hazards are diminished and increases your chances of crashing. It takes the average alert driver about two seconds to see roadway hazards, and react to them. That’s why to avoid tail-gating, you should follow the two-second rule. For normal passenger cars, you should pick a point of reference and count how many seconds it takes your car to reach that point after the car in front of you has passed it. The FMCSA says you should leave room for an additional second for speeds over 40mph. Larger vehicles need to account for their size, and adjust their distance accordingly.

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