Tailgating, the act of following too closely behind another vehicle, is one of the most common causes of car accidents in Wisconsin and across the United States. Even at low speeds, rear-end collisions can result in serious injuries such as whiplash. It is important for drivers to maintain a safe distance between their vehicles and those in front of them.
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Safe following distances can vary depending on certain conditions, such as weather, the type of vehicle you are driving or following, and the speed at which you are traveling. The point of maintaining a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you is to prevent collisions from occurring.
The Wisconsin Department of Transportation recommends that under ideal driving conditions, you should allow at least four seconds of following distance between your vehicle and the one in front of you. More distance should be given at night or during poor weather conditions, such as snow, ice, or rain.
If you are driving a longer vehicle, such as a camper or trailer, a general rule is to add an additional second of distance for every additional three yards of your vehicle. Although the extra length is behind you while driving, the extended length of your vehicle increases the amount of time you need to stop. Even if you are carrying a heavy load in a regular passenger vehicle, you should account for the extra weight and allow yourself more distance to come to a stop.
One of the most common ways of determining the distance between your car and the vehicle in front of you is called the time-lapse method. This approach can work well on any road that has markers or objects to use as a reference point.
Using the time-lapse method, you should:
If driving conditions are less than ideal, add even more distance between vehicles to give yourself more room for sudden stopping. With some practice, using this method to gauge your distance from the car in front of you should become increasingly easier.
Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of automobile accidents in the country. The latest data from The National Highway Traffic Safety Administration estimates that rear-end collisions account for more than 30 percent of all vehicle collisions in the U.S.
Rear-end collisions can be extremely dangerous, and sometimes fatal. Most often, these types of crashes result in neck and back injuries, such as:
If you notice a vehicle following too closely behind you, consider taking the following steps:
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