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Reducing the Risk of Rear-End Collisions!

Q. Lately, our company has had a number of rear-end collisions, primarily our drivers are being hit by other people. I would like to give our drivers some hope that these crashes could be avoided…any help from you would be much appreciated.

Thank you,
Joel L. – Safety / Fleet Specialist

A. Thank you for checking in with us Joel.

To reduce the risk of being involved in a rear-end collision, here are just are a few things that a driver may do.

Be aware of your surroundings. Understand the environment around you, the road conditions, the weather, the amount of traffic and the overall flow of vehicles. Create space in front of you and know what is happening around you. Be prepared for the unexpected and have an escape plan, if possible.

Scan your mirrors. By scanning your mirrors you will have information about the traffic flow behind you. Scanning every five to eight seconds is very reasonable when driving.

Use your brake lights to warn people behind you that you are slowing down. By engaging the brake lights and using the Ready-Brake™ Technique, you can signal to those following that something is about to happen and you may need to come to a complete stop.

Use your turn signal when slowing down to make a turn. This simple maneuver behind-the-wheel is critical information for those following you.

In today’s society, people often drive distracted. You will want to stay focused on the roadway, understand the traffic flow in front as well as behind you, and provide those following you with as much information as you can possibly give in a timely manner to avoid the rear-end collision.

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Ben Langley is the Safety Editor for “The Driver Advantage™”. Ben is a passionate proponent for driver safety education, training and awareness. Continuously submerged in research targeting human behavior and driver safety; Ben initiates creative thinking that is evident in his writings. Ben also develops unique, exciting and results oriented driver safety programs and campaigns. His knowledge and common sense approach to driver safety is wrapped with authentic concern for people. Ben is also the co-found of Safety Wins, Inc. a 501©(3) non-profit organization. The Safety Wins concept of training fleet drivers at NASCAR Race Tracks throughout America was federally and privately funded. Today, Safety Wins, Inc focuses on Teen Driver Safety and continues to use the platform of motorsports to attract attention to their life saving driver safety message. Contact the author

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