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This is One of The Most Dangerous Habits a Driver Can Have

March 20, 2017

This is One of The Most Dangerous Habits a Driver Can Have

What’s your bad driving habit? We all have one. Maybe you like to have a snack behind the wheel, maybe you’re a little lazy about wearing your seatbelt, or maybe you change the radio when you should have your eyes on the road. You know better than to do it, but old habits are just so difficult to break.

If your bad habit is tailgating, though, it’s more than just an annoyance—it’s extremely dangerous. It’s also unnecessary and easy to quit.

The Perils of Following Too Close

Sneaking up on the car in front of you is a common, aggressive habit that many drivers have, particularly when traffic is slow or when they’re in a hurry. Unfortunately, this behavior can have serious consequences that—as a best-case scenario—could cause you to be even more late. 

Up to a quarter of accidents in the US are rear-end collisions, many of which could have been avoided if the driver in back had simply given their fellow motorist a few extra feet of space. Tailgating not only reduces the stopping time between two vehicles, it also makes it harder for a driver to react. This one-two punch all but ensures that if the driver in front of you even taps their brakes, you won’t have sufficient time or space to react, likely resulting in a fender bender—or worse.

Driving too close behind another motorist is especially dangerous in wet, slick, or crowded conditions. Rain, the weight of your vehicle and anything you may be carrying, or the presence of a lot of other cars can all impact the severity of the situation.

Leave Some Space—Seriously

The maddening thing about accidents caused by tailgating is that they’re completely avoidable. Simply dropping back a few feet can make a huge difference, both for you and the drivers behind you. With ample room between cars, even a rear-end collision can be much less serious because it won’t lead to a pile up.

Tailgating won’t get you to your destination any sooner—it’s been shown to have little impact on journey time and can create more hostility in drivers around you which, in turn, increases the risk of an accident—nor will it prompt the driver in front of you to change their behavior.

If you want to avoid ending up in an accident, one of the simplest changes you can make is to leave just a little bit more room.

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