We’ve all been guilty of tailgating (driving too close to the vehicle in front) at times, but did you know that this is one of the most common causes of accidents in the UK? If you’re driving close to another vehicle, you’re at risk of hitting them if they brake suddenly, and if the weather is wet or icy then things could be even worse.
Accidents caused by tailgating
Tailgating another vehicle doesn’t give you enough time to slow down and stop if the other car brakes suddenly – for example, if a pedestrian is in the road, or other hazards cause the vehicle in front to come to a sudden stop, you’re more likely to hit them if you’re tailgating. There are some steps you can take to avoid road accidents caused by tailgating:
- Drive at a sensible speed that allows you to stop safely, even if the vehicle in front comes to a sudden stop.
- Adjust your driving for the weather conditions – you should leave double the distance between your car and the vehicle in front if it is foggy, wet, snowy or icy.
- Remember that motorbikes and large vehicles such as lorries take longer to stop, so you should leave a greater distance between your car and these types of vehicles.
- As a rule, you should leave around 10ft of distance for every 10mph you’re driving – so if you’re doing 40mph, around 40ft of distance should be left between your car and the one in front, to be as safe as possible.
Road accident compensation claims
Of course, it might not be you that’s guilty of tailgating – if another car has been driving too close to you and hits you, you could claim for personal injury compensation.
Many people are unsure of the personal injury claims process and so fail to check and see if they could be eligible. There’s no need to feel nervous; no matter what your circumstances, you can give Accident Advice Helpline a call. Our friendly team of expert advisers are here to offer confidential, no-obligation advice, and we can talk you through the claims process – it’s then up to you whether or not you want to proceed.
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