How to Avoid a Rear End Collision
Prevent Damage to Your Vehicle
It is estimated that 40% of all traffic accidents are rear end collisions. That means over 2.5 million accidents each year are one vehicle ramming into the back of another. There are many different events that lead up to the collision, but you can prevent it.
We aren’t just talking about you running into the back of another vehicle. We are also talking about preventing someone from running into you. By being an aware driver, you can prevent damage to your vehicle, someone else’s vehicle, and potential injuries.
Preventing a Collision Where You are At Fault
The easiest collision to prevent is the one where you are at fault. Taking a few extra precautions when driving will allow you to avoid an accident, and avoid running into the back of someone else.
Watch Past the Next Vehicle – When you’re driving in traffic, don’t just watch the car in front of you. Keeping an eye on the vehicles ahead of the one you’re following will give you more time to stop if the whole line comes to a sudden stop.
Keep Your Distance – The general rule in driver’s ed is to stay back 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of you. In heavy traffic situations that can often go unheeded. While it may seem to slow you down even more, drop your speed and stay back 3 or 4 seconds (especially in icy road conditions). The extra time isn’t going to make you late.
Maintain Your Vehicle – Brakes don’t suddenly go out like in the movies. It’s a long process of neglecting the maintenance on your vehicle. By making sure that your car, truck, or SUV is well maintained you will make sure that you can avoid rear-ending someone because you know your brakes work fabulously.
Preventing a Collision Where Someone Else is at Fault
There are some steps that you can take in order to prevent a collision when it’s not your fault. It all begins with being and aware driver.
Check Your Mirrors Often – Know your surroundings. Every 5 to 8 seconds you should be checking your mirrors. Know if the lane next to you is clear or occupied, and know if someone is following too closely. For those tailgaiters, you will need to slow down slower when approaching a stop, or move into the next lane over so you aren’t hit.
Keep Your Distance – When you are stopped at a light or a sign, keep plenty of distance between you and the car ahead of you. A good rule is to make sure you can see where their tires touch the road. This will give you room to maneuver out of the way in case you notice someone coming up behind you so fast that they can’t stop in time. Make sure you have a plan of escape to ensure you’re not hit from behind.
Run the Yellow – Generally speaking a yellow light means slow down. Most people, especially a lot of people in Billings, see a yellow light as an indication to hurry up and make it through. There is only one time when you want to plow through a yellow light: when someone is following too close. If you feel that braking hard will cause them to hit you, then go through the yellow light to avoid a rear end collision. Just don’t push it so close that you’re actually running a red light, because then you’ve caused many more problems.
Bring the Dented Vehicle to Big Sky Collision Center
If you have been involved in a rear end collision, or any accident for that matter, you have the choice on where to take your vehicle. Your insurance company might recommend a shop, but you get the option to take your vehicle to the best auto body shop in Billings. Big Sky Collision Center has more certifications than any other shop in the area. That means you get an expertly repaired vehicle at no added cost to you.
When it comes to your safety, choose Big Sky Collision Center.