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Congested Traffic: Strategies for Reducing Risk

For every hazard present increase your following distance by 1 second over the standard 3 seconds.

    • When you stop in congested traffic, make sure that you can see the tires of the vehicle in front of you as well as some of the pavement behind the vehicle in front of you.
  • By stopping farther back, you would have enough space to maneuver out of the way without backing up if the car in front of you were to stall.
  • Leaving space in front of your car contributes to greater safety for all road users.
  • If your car were rear-ended, you would not strike the car in front of you.
  • In the state of Illinois, rear end collisions are always the fault of the driver behind following too closely.

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