Avoiding Front- & Rear-end Vehicle Accidents
In order to help prevent front- and rear-end vehicle accidents, there are three defensive driving techniques you can employ:
- Gradual Stops: Most rear-end collisions occur when making a sudden stop at an intersection, grade crossing, passenger stops, and in preparation for making turns. If you make sudden and/or unexpected stops, the person operating a vehicle behind you may not have enought time to react and avoid hitting you. Avoid such accidents by coming to a gradual stop in these situations.
- Scan Ahead: By watching the traffic situation, including moving vehicles, parked vehicles which could potentially be pulled out from their spaces, and pedestrian activity, you can anticipate the need to adjust your driving speed or even the need to stop.
- Safe Following Distances: The actual safe following distance will depend of the weight of your vehicle. A fully loaded contractor’s van or straight truck weighs far more than a basic private passenger vehicle and would need greater following distances. The recommended safe following distance for private passenger vehicles is three seconds. Consequently, your following distance should be adjusted upwards to 4, 5 or even 6 seconds, depending on the weight of your vehicle and the load it is carrying. Following distances need to be increased during inclement weather or if dangerous driving conditions exist.
A defensive driver will do everything that can be reasonably done to prevent an accident. Practice gradual stops, scanning ahead, and safe following distances, and you can help protect yourself from injuries, prevent injuring others, minimize vehicle and operational downtime, as well as minimize the extra expenses associated with vehicle incidents and increased insurance costs.
For more information about avoiding these types of accidents, please see Avoiding Front- and Rear-end Vehicle Incidents by CNA Financial Corporation (Risk Control Bulletin, 2010).
Tia Chisholm, HUB International TRANSPORTATION
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