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Why tailgating is dangerous?
A significant danger of tailgating is that tailgating drivers do not leave enough room to stop if the car in front rapidly decelerates. That increases the chances of a rear-end collision. Brake checks can also trigger tailgaters to road rage. Any aggressive driving can lead to crashes that cause catastrophic injuries.
What is tailgating and why is it bad?
Tailgating is when a driver follows the car in front too closely, literally riding up on its tail. Doing so decreases the amount of time that a driver has to react. This is very dangerous move and causes needless auto accidents when car drivers lose control or slam into someone’s rear bumper as a result.
Do not be a tailgater?
The pressure of being in congested traffic with another car riding close behind you can be stressful. When you notice that someone is tailgating you, or following you too closely, rather than speed up to match their speed, you should slow down. …
How many accidents are caused by tailgating?
On average, 14 out of every 10,000 drivers nationwide have a prior citation for tailgating. In addition, 33.0 percent of car collisions are rear-end impacts, according to data gathered in 2017 by the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration (NHTSA).
Is tailgating considered aggressive driving?
The term “aggressive driving” covers a range of unsafe driving behavior. Speeding, tailgating, weaving in and out of traffic, running red lights, or any combination of these activities generally are considered aggressive driving.
When someone is tailgating you you should?
Don’t Get Tackled: How to Deal With Tailgaters Safely
- Keep your distance. The best way to deal with a tailgater is to stay away from them in the first place.
- Stay calm.
- Get out of the way.
- Maintain a consistent speed.
- Don’t overuse your brakes.
- Don’t become a tailgater yourself.
- Don’t try to police the roadway.
Is brake checking legal?
Technically, brake checking is illegal. It is the intentional act of forcing drivers behind you to either brake suddenly or swerve to avoid a collision. It is always dangerous, and drivers who feel they are being tailgated should opt instead to get out of the way of the tailgating driver behind them.
What are the dangers of tailgating?
Tailgating offers two dangers. On the one hand, the tailgating driver has less time to react to an emergency application of the brakes of the driver—for example to avoid ending the life of an errant child entering the roadway. The second danger is Road Rage.
Does tailgating really save fuel?
You don’t save much fuel by tailgating, and the risks outweigh the savings. The two-second rule only works in situations where the vehicle in front has braking time, not when it stops abruptly. Many safety organisations recommend three seconds as being much safer.
Is tailgating normalised behaviour?
In my experience as a trainer, tailgating is a habit that is formed because of a lack of negative experiences in someone’s driving or riding – it’s what I call “normalised unsafe behaviour”. Day after day we see drivers and riders tailgate each other, we may do it ourselves, and guess what?