Safety & Accident

Safety Tip: Dangers of Tailgating

August 15, 2016

VIDEO: Tailgating Leads to Rollover Crash

When tailgated, some frustrated drivers make the impulsive decision to “brake check” — braking suddenly in an attempt to warn the tailgater to back off. That’s a dangerous mistake that increases the likelihood of a rear-end crash.

Additionally, brake checking can sometimes lead to a confrontation that might escalate into road-rage violence. If someone is tailgating you, the safest course of action is to pull to the right and allow the vehicle behind you to pass, according to driving safety experts.

But that doesn’t mean you should start tailgating the vehicle ahead whenever you think it’s traveling too slowly and you’re growing impatient.

Tailgating is a common form of aggressive driving that markedly increases your chances of being involved in a crash or a confrontation with another driver. Without an adequate space cushion, you simply don’t have enough time to safely react to sudden changes in driving conditions.

To view a video showing how tailgating led to a rollover crash in Arizona, click on the photo or link below the headline.

Comments

  1. 1. The Very Sad Truth [ March 15, 2017 @ 05:37AM ]

    People that tailgate a very mentally ill drivers to begin with since they do need help very badly especially when there is no reason in the world to do that in the first place. These people are such pathetic low life losers that need to get a life since they really don't have one at all unfortunately since many of them will do it on spite as well. I am not going any faster at all anyway since they will have no choice but to pass me since i am in the right lane to begin with especially when there is a left lane to pass that they can use. They're very troubled people that are looking for a fight the way i see it which most of them unfortunately are women anyway that i have trouble with. The very sad thing is that there are not enough police on the road to enforce this law to begin with since they really need more police on the road before many innocent people get hurt which this is so out of control now more than ever.

 

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