Tailgating Can Cause A Major Accident In Your New Car or Truck!
I don’t mean tailgate parties. I mean the – hey quit following me so close type of tailgating. Even though we all know we should never tailgate sometimes it’s hard and we just do, we all do.
Just because you are tailgating someone does not mean they are going to speed up. In fact, you will probably make them angry and if they slam on their brakes and you can’t react quick enough YOU will be at fault if you rear end them. Tailgating is dangerous and generally frowned upon, even in Nascar.
Here are some guidelines to help you determine a safe distance when traveling on certain road conditions:
1. The Two-Second Rule – If you are on a dry and clear road, count two seconds to safely gauge the distance between you and the car in front of you. When the car in front of you drives past a sign or pole, you should reach the count of two before you pass the same sign or pole.
2. Four-Second Rule -This is for when the roadways are wet and rainy. In these conditions, you should employ a four second gap between you and the car in front of you.
3. 10-Second Rule – This rule applies to icy and snowy conditions when the roadways are at their worst. This may seem like a large distance, but every winter there are an enormous number of weather related accidents. Better to be safe than sorry after an accident.
See why following to closely can be dangerous?