Tailgating is dangerous because it leaves the driver with little braking distance should the car in front suddenly slow down. The tailgater endangers both himself and the driver in front of him. If you are a safe driver and a tailgater has you in his sights, he negates your safe driving by exposing you to the very danger you wish to avoid. However there are measures you can take to reduce or eliminate the danger.
Double Your Following Distance
If you are using the three second rule to determine your following distance between you and the car in front, double it to six seconds. Be careful not to do this too quickly because the tailgater may misinterpret this as an aggressive action. Doubling your following distance allows you to brake more gradually when the traffic ahead slows down. This makes it easier for the tailgater to react. You are essentially adding his safe following distance to yours.
Safely Get Out Of His Way
It may seem like you are “giving in” by getting out of his way. Remember that driving is not a contest of dominance. The objective is to get to your destination safely and getting out of the tailgater’s way does exactly that.
If you are on a road with a single lane for each direction, look for a safe spot to pull over. Signal before pulling over. If you are on a multilane highway, move to the lane on your right. Sometimes the tailgater cannot pass on your left because you are matching the speed of another car to your left. You and the car to your left are blocking the tailgater. Adjust your speed so that he can get around the “blockade” that you unintentionally created.
Make It Easy For Him To Pass
When there is a straight section where passing is safe, slow down slightly to make it easier for him to pass. Keep your speed constant when he passes so that he can easily judge distances.
As a final note, never use aggressive counter measures against the tailgater. Actions such as hitting your brakes, using obscene gestures, or speeding up and slowing down to frustrate him are forms of road rage. Road rage causes accidents and is a serious offense.
If you have been injured in an accident caused by a tailgater, don’t hesitate to contact a Ladera Ranch injury lawyer. You deserve compensation for lost wages, medical expenses, and pain and suffering. Let Silverthorne Attorneys put their years of experience to work for you. Contact us today.