Avoiding Rear End Collisions

Rear end collisions are one of the most common types of accidents.  Many people think that being rear ended is unavoidable, but that is not always the case.  Often, drivers are rear ended because they are distracted.  There are many steps you can follow to avoid being rear ended.

  1. Make sure your brake lights are functioning properly. If they are not working, the fix is quick and inexpensive and can be done at most any maintenance facility.
  2. Use your rearview mirrors to avoid being rear ended. You should always use the inside rearview mirror to see what is directly behind you, while using the outside mirrors to view the surrounding area behind you.
  3. Be aware of aggressive drivers.  If you see an aggressive driver, do your best to move away from him/her as safely and quickly as possible.  If you feel threatened by a driver and have the ability to contact the police with a hands-free device, you can potentially avoid having yourself or someone else being harmed.
  4. Leave plenty of space between your vehicle and those in front of and behind you. This will allow you enough time to brake and stop your vehicle and give the person behind you enough time to react and stop safely.  When possible, move out of the way of vehicles following too closely behind you.

Always be alert when you are driving and be aware of your surroundings.  By following the steps above and paying close attention to other vehicles, you will reduce the chances of a rear end collision.