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A safe following distance is farther than you think

On Behalf of | Aug 13, 2022 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

Many people believe that they’re driving safely and that they are not tailgating. They maintain a small gap between vehicles, and they drive this way all the time. It’s not a mistake but a habit.

However, they may be oblivious to the fact that they are actually tailgating the next vehicle. They may even be so close that they wouldn’t be able to stop in an emergency, but they don’t understand that fact and simply hope that the emergency doesn’t occur. A lot of chain reaction accidents happen because it suddenly becomes clear that the entire line of drivers is all too close to one another.

What distance is needed?

Part of the problem is that estimating distances is difficult. You may be able to drive a single car length behind someone if you’re downtown, driving at 20 or 25 miles an hour. If you do that on the interstate, you would be vastly too close and cause an accident.

Trying to calculate the distance while you drive is difficult, so what you want to do is to leave three seconds between your vehicles. It’s far easier to calculate time while still keeping your attention on the road. As long as you have enough time between cars, you know that there will always be enough distance to stop.

Rear-end accidents still happen

Unfortunately, many drivers accidentally tailgate every day and cause numerous rear-end accidents. If you or a family member suffered serious injuries in one of these crashes, you might need to seek financial compensation. This can help you to cover your medical bills and other expenses.