How To Avoid The Dangers Of Tailgating

Posted on March 7, 2016 by - Also by this author

We've all been caught behind the driver driving under the posted speed limit on a two-lane road. It can be frustrating. The temptation to creep up really close behind the vehicle can be hard to resist. However, you must exercise control and follow the usual rule of keeping a car length of distance for each 10-mph of speed.

With road rage incidents at an all-time high and climbing, today's driver is more likely to slam on his brakes just to teach you a lesson. The results can be dangerous for both parties and passengers in each vehicle who become unwitting pawns in the game.

If you are following a high profile vehicle such as a big-rig or a motorhome, you might not be able to see what is impeding their speed. Perhaps there is a vehicle in front that is causing the backup. Perhaps the vehicle in front "brake checks" the vehicle in front of you. At that moment, the vehicle in front of you will suddenly slam on his brakes to avoid a collision, and this is exactly how chain reactions occur.

If you get stuck behind a slow moving vehicle, maintain your cool and remember, you are a professional driver who always follows a safe distance from the vehicle ahead of you. Have a plan of action to avoid a collision in the event of a sudden stop.

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