Collisions: Avoiding A Rear-End Collision
Drivers can follow a number of steps to reduce the likelihood of a rear-end collision. To reduce the chances of a rear-end crash, drivers should do the following:
- Follow the three-second rule – Allow more space (at least a 3-second gap) between you and the car ahead.
- Give notice – Let other drivers know what your plan is by signaling to turn or by tapping your brake pedal to activate the brake lights before you stop
- Use brakes properly – Use your brakes smoothly by applying gradual pressure under normal traffic conditions.
- If you ride your brakes, other drivers behind you will also slow down and eventually may ignore your actual intent.