Driving too close to the car in front is one of the many causes of car crash claims in Dumbarton that we here at Accident Advice Helpline handle for injury victims from time to time. It often results in whiplash injuries to the drivers of both vehicles. In some instances though, if the speed on impact is high, worse injuries can be sustained, particularly by the driver of the vehicle that crashes into the back of the other.
Tailgating can be nerve wracking and frightening
If you find yourself in a situation where someone is “tailgating” you as our American friends like to say, it can make you quite nervous. The worst thing you can do is to speed up, especially if this takes you out of your comfort or competency zone. It’s also not a good idea to flash your lights at the offender. It could cause them to have an accident or might even spark off an incident of road rage.
Pull over and let the idiot pass
The best thing you can do is to not get flustered and to ignore the situation until the tailgater either stops, turns off, or manages to overtake you. If you do find that the situation is becoming unbearable you should signal, pullover and stop, to allow the idiot to pass by.
Recommended safe stopping distances as per the Highway code
Safe stopping distances are to a certain extent dependent on the reaction of the individual driver. But a good rule of thumb guide is published in the Highway Code
- At 20mph – allow 12 metres or 3 car lengths between you and the car in front
- At 30mph – allow 23 metres or 6 car lengths between you and the car in front
- At 40mph – allow 36 metres or 9 car lengths between you and the car in front
- At 50mph – allow 53 metres or 13 car lengths between you and the car in front
- At 60mph – allow 73 metres or 18 car lengths between you and the car in front
- At 70mph – allow 96 metres or 24 car lengths between you and the car in front
All distances should be increased in adverse weather conditions, or if you’re driving at night time.
The benefits of processing car crash claims in Dumbarton via Accident Advice Helpline
Choosing to work with Accident Advice Helpline with regard to car crash claims in Dumbarton is a smart move because it means that you can take advantage of the many benefits that working through us offers. These benefits include:
- Access to the ‘no win, no fee’ injury claim process we offer
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- Use of our toll-free 24/7 helpline – 0800 689 0500 from landlines.
- Call 0333 500 0993 from a mobile phone.
- Send us the text message “claim365” to 88010 and we will call you to discuss your potential claim.
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Call or text us at Accident Advice Helpline now for expert claims’ advice.
Date Published: 30th November 2014