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3 Things You Can Do to Avoid a Rear-End Collision

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Car accidents happen every day for all sorts of reasons. Rear-end collisions are some of the most common types of accidents, which is unfortunate because they are usually entirely avoidable.

There are some steps you can take to influence your driving habits in the right direction. Here are three things you can do to avoid a rear-end collision:

#1 - Leave Enough Space Between Vehicles

It’s vital that you leave plenty of space between your car and the ones around you. A general rule to help you remember how much distance you need is to leave at least one car-length distance between your vehicle and the one ahead for every 10 miles per hour (mph) of your speed. For example, if you are driving at a rate of 60 mph, you should leave at least six car lengths between your vehicle and the one in front of you.

However, if the streets are slippery due to rain or snow, it’s a good idea to double the recommended distance. If the roads are icy, quadruple the suggested driving distance, or even better, leave a football field length of space between cars.

#2 - Consistently Check Your Mirrors

If someone is driving behind you and they’re too close for comfort, move over and let them pass. There is no need to allow that behavior when you know it can easily lead to an accident.

Be sure to check your mirrors when you need to slow down or stop so that you can be prepared and act accordingly if the car behind you fails to slow down.

#3 - Avoid Distracted Driving

You already know distracted driving is extremely dangerous. In fact, it is the #1 cause of car accidents in the U.S.

It’s in your best interest as well as everyone around you to avoid driving while distracted. Most modern smartphones have the capability to enter “driving mode,” which will do the following:

  • Limit and mute notifications.
  • Reply to contacts who send you messages while you’re driving, letting them know you’re behind the wheel.

Each type of smartphone behaves a bit differently, but the premise of driving mode is basically the same—reduce distractions so drivers can focus on the road.

If you or a loved one have been injured in an accident, our lawyers at Whiting Hagg & Dorsey, LLP may be able to help you receive the settlement you deserve. Give us a call at (605) 519-6136 or fill out an online contact form.