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North Carolina Car Safety: The Dangers Of Tailgating

At first glance, it might not seem like tailgating is really that dangerous when driving on North Carolina roads – aren’t there much worse traffic offenses, you might say, like speeding or drunk driving? However, tailgating or following too closely is a very common cause of serious car accidents in Raleigh, Durham, Charlotte, and across the state.

Why is tailgating so dangerous? Very simply, the more closely you are following the car in front of you, the less time you have to react to a problem on the roadway. If the car in front of you suddenly stops for one reason or another, you may not have time to brake completely and rear-end the car in front of you. If multiple cars are tailgating on the highway or interstate, a chain reaction crash could occur.

In addition tailgating makes it difficult to see what is happening on the road in front of you. If an obstacle appears, such as an NC car accident or wildlife in the road, you won’t be able to see it coming – or predict that the car in front of you is about to come to a sudden stop.

Finally, tailgating does not come with any benefits. Tailgating will not get you to your destination more quickly or make you a better driver. It is a needless danger and a bad habit.

How can you avoid tailgating? Make sure that for every ten miles per hour you are driving there is a car length between you and the car in front of you. For example, if you are traveling 60 miles per hour on a North Carolina highway, make sure to have six car lengths between you and the next car. Also remember: commercial trucks are much heavier than other vehicles and need more room to stop. Be sure to keep extra room between you and any big rigs.