Nobody gets in their car and expects to be involved in a car accident. Unfortunately, even you are driving safely and giving the road 100% of your attention, sometimes wrecks are simply unavoidable. Rear-end collisions are the most common type of accident on the road. We want you to know the most common causes of rear-end collisions so you can take extra precautions to protect yourself.
Driving distracted greatly compromises your safety. Anytime you get behind the wheel it is important to remember the responsibility that comes along with driving a car. There should never be a moment when your focus is on anything but the road in front of you and the drivers around you. Using your cell phone, fiddling with the radio, and all other distractions should be avoided.
Speeding and Riding Too Close
Driving too fast and tailgating are both quick and easy ways to wind up in an accident or with a pricey traffic ticket. Slow down and leave plenty of room between you and other drivers.
Traffic jams and fender benders go hand in hand. Cars are piled in too close together, everyone is frustrated, and everyone is ready to get where they are going. Stay as far behind the vehicle in front of you as possible. If they stop short and you can’t stop in time, your commute will take even longer.
Driving While Impaired
Alcohol or anything that impairs your reflexes and thinking does not mix with driving. Alcohol, recreational drugs, and prescription drugs should all be avoided if you are planning to get behind the wheel. Even if you think you are fine to drive, you aren’t. The same goes for driving when you are exhausted or haven’t gotten enough sleep.
There are a few automotive issues that could put you at risk to be involved in a rear-end collision, but most of them can be avoided by staying on top of your preventative maintenance. If your brakes are not maintained properly you won’t be able to stop in time when you are on the road. Ignoring brake maintenance isn’t the only thing that will put you in danger for an accident, delaying engine service and repair will do the same thing. If your vehicle stalls at a light or in traffic, oncoming drivers may not see you until it is too late.