One of the most dangerous things about rear-end car collisions is that drivers almost never see them coming. In many cases, the car that collides with the vehicle struck will be traveling at a very high rate of speed, which can compound the danger. Here are some ways that you can reduce the chances that you will get into a rear end collision.
When you’re approaching a turn off on a road, gradually slow your speed. What you want to avoid doing is suddenly slowing down or stopping, which creates a situation where even a very attentive driver behind you may slam into you through no fault of their own. It’s a good idea to tap your brakes a few times as you are slowing down so that the flashing brake light has more of a chance of getting the attention of other drivers.
Signal Early, but Not too Early
You should give the drivers behind you at least two seconds of seeing your turn signal before you actually make a turn. This provides them with plenty of time to react. Avoid turning your turn signal on and then turning into a driveway or off of the roadway immediately after doing so. When you do this, your turn signal really does no good whatsoever.
You should also make certain that your turn signal is not left on. If it’s flashing for too long, the drivers behind you will simply assume that you don’t realize that it’s on and they won’t pay attention if you actually do start to turn.
Watch Behind You
When you’re about to make a turn off of a roadway, make certain that you use your rearview and side view mirrors. If a car is coming up on you to quickly or if you can see that the driver’s not paying attention, don’t turn off. The chances that they’re going to suddenly noticed that you’re making a turn in time to either slow down if they happen to be speeding or look up if they happen to be distracted are quite low compared to the chances that they’re just going to slam into you when your vehicle slows.
All the rear end crash safety in the world won’t save you from the negligent drivers out there. These drivers present a hazard to everybody on the roadways with them. If one of these drivers strikes your vehicle, consider contacting an attorney.