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How to avoid a rear end collision

By BenCee on 21 Apr 2011

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A rear end collision is one of the worst accidents one can get into. Not only is it a major inconvenience, there is a possibility of sustaining whiplash injuries from the impact from being hit from behind.

You may think that there is no way of avoiding a rear end collision. After all, you are being hit from the rear. However, there is actually a simple trick to avoiding being bumped up your backside.

More often than not, rear end collisions results from tailgating, when someone is following you way too close from behind, and cannot stop in time when a sudden braking manoeuvre is called for.

The trick here is this. Don't tailgate others yourself, and you won't be tailgated.

What do I mean? Here's how it works.

You see, there is a reason why we are encouraged to keep a safe distance from the car ahead. Aside from giving us time to react to what's happening ahead, it also gives us some road space and leeway to respond to various traffic situations, such as these.

If you have sufficient space in front, and should you encounter someone who inadvertently starts to tailgate you, all you have to do is speed up a little and avoid him being too close to your liking.

This would work for people who might not actually realise they're tailgating you. But what about those who do so on purpose, for whatever reason?

Then, well, get out of his way as soon as you can. Because it's not worth getting a hefty bill because of some impatient idiot.

Drive safe everyone!

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Spiderman302 Apr 21 2011 03:31 PM

Chei, I thought what special you have. Your advice is like no advice.
Darthrevan Apr 22 2011 12:47 AM
although its so called "obvious"..many people do not practice this in real time driving, especially on expressways. when i leave a few cars gap in front of the vehicle in front of me, someone will cut in for no reasons just to be "faster"..when in fact it does more harm then benefit..nevertheless..this advice served as good reminder for all drivers to keep a safe distance smile.gif
Good-Carbuyer Apr 22 2011 12:18 PM
TS non-driver? Thats the thing to avoid doing if you do not want to be rear-ended. Perhaps TS from motor insurers' here to mislead us into more accidents.
Shicyj Apr 22 2011 10:39 PM
I don't tail gate, I will get get ahead of over take the hogger and move on. If I get tailgated, I will just get out of the way then get back in again after the tailgater. Think its common sense, then again, sometimes, that's quite in short supply on Singapore roads.
Friendstar Apr 23 2011 12:54 AM
TS's blogs are normally quite "interesting".

disconnected with general folks.
Redboy Apr 23 2011 03:00 AM
yup, what happens if you speed up to avoid the tailgater & the tailgater also speeds up?
And also your advice on 'Dun tailgate others and others won't tailgate u'.......
C'mon, others will still tailgate even if you dun tailgate.. what kind of advice is this??

Fact is, we cannot avoid tailgaters. Even if I travel in slowest lane on leftmost, I still have tailgaters.
For me, I will not speed up or change lane just to please/avoid tailgater if I am in leftmost lane.
Left lane is for slow vehicles and drivers should respect that.

We cannot avoid tailgaters but we can minimize chances of rear-end collision by braking early once we sense that the front vehicle seems to be slowing down or braking. This gives the rear party time to react accordingly.
Also, brake hard first & then gradually release pressure on brakes.

DO NOT gently step on brakes when you sense something wrong & then brake hard only at the last moment.
This is sure receipe for rear-end collision.

Do everyone agree?

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