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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.

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