Car accidents may not always be fatal but that doesn’t mean that you should allow them to happen. Whenever you can, it is best to avoid having car accidents. It doesn’t only prevent you from injuries, it also prevents you from having to spend a lot of money to have your vehicle and the other party’s vehicle repaired.
One common type of car accident is rear-ended collision. With this type of car accident, a car collides with the back of the car of another vehicle. This type of collision does not often cause fatality but it does cause major injuries and damage. Although this is common, did you know that it can be prevented? Here are four ways on how to do that:
No matter where you are, it is best to keep a safe distance between vehicles, whether they are in front of you or at your back. To know whether you have a safe distance between the other cars, you should follow the three-second rule. You can easily check this by picking an object ahead. As soon as the rear end of the car in front of you passes, you should be able to count at least three seconds before you pass it too. If you pass it before 3 seconds, then you are following too close and should increase your distance.
Although you should follow the three-second rule, it may not be enough in various situations. You should adjust the distance as needed. Such instances would include the following:
Increasing the distance between cars should be done when the roads are slippery due to various weather conditions. Whether it is raining or snowing, adding distance in between cars gives you more time to react and avoid collision when the car in front suddenly stops.
Due to various weather conditions or different situations, your visibility could be limited. Weather conditions like rain, snow, or fog greatly decrease visibility. Even on a sunny day, the sun’s glare can also decrease your visibility, so keeping a further distance is also advised.
It is also much safer to keep your distance from larger vehicles. They can block your view of the road ahead but if you keep a farther distance, you could see better. Additionally, tailgating them would put you in their blind spot.
Sometimes, you’ll notice car drivers that abruptly slow down or change lanes. Sometimes they are about to change lanes but then change their mind. It is best to keep your distance from such cars because you don’t know what they’ll do next. It would be better to give yourself a better chance of reacting to what they do by having more space between your car and theirs.
If you are following busses, public transport vehicles, the mailman’s truck or garbage trucks, it would be best to increase your distance. They could stop at their designated stops but they may also stop in unexpected locations to do what they are supposed to do. Be mindful of your distance so don’t collide with them.
Always be aware of the road conditions ahead of you but also take note of the road conditions behind you or at your sides. Road conditions don’t only cause tire problems, they could also cause other drivers to react differently. When there is a pothole, wouldn’t you try to avoid it? Other drivers would also do that but it is possible that their decision to do so causes you to slam on your brakes and have a rear-end collision.
If you are planning to turn, always check your mirrors and keep your speed low. In that way, other vehicles won’t slam onto your car. You should also be aware of the other driver’s blind spot. This might increase due to various situations. When they don’t see you and change their lane, you might instantly slam on the breaks and cause the ones behind you to collide with your back. Just be mindful of your surroundings.
In order to be safe on the road and avoid rear-end collisions, you should help other drivers better read you. When you intend to change lanes, do it while signaling. Also, make sure that your signal lights are really working. Proper car maintenance will help out with this.
If you are about to stop, whether at an intersection, due to a red light, a stop sign, or if you are going to take a turn, gradually slow down first and don’t just slam on the brakes. This will help other drivers figure out what they want to do and will do. That way, they can better react and it would be less likely that they’d slam their car onto yours.
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