The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention estimate that 1.35 million individuals perish in global traffic accidents each year. A report from the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration further emphasizes the frequency of motor vehicle accidents, listing them as the top safety problem when it comes to U.S. transportation.
According to the NHTSA, rear-end collisions are one of the most common types of vehicular accidents. Acting to avoid such incidents may save both your life and your wallet.
1. Maintain a decent distance
Keeping extra space between you and the car in front of you gives you additional time to react if the other driver suddenly has to stop. Even if you feel your reaction time is fine, it never hurts to have extra room.
2. Avoid suddenly stomping on the brakes
Brake slowly and in advance as you approach red lights and stop signs. If you notice that the brake lights or the blinker of the car in front of you are on, watch carefully and be ready to gently apply the brakes. Stopping too suddenly may result in the vehicle behind you colliding with your automobile.
3. Focus on the road
Remain aware of your surroundings. Do not allow distractions such as changing the radio station, texting or eating to keep you from noticing the car in front of you slowing down.
If you end up in a rear-end accident in spite of efforts to avoid one, you have options. However, being proactively cautious may help prevent a serious incident and the need to look at said options.