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READY-BRAKE™ Safety Tip

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The Rear-End Collision is the most common type of vehicle crash. One-third of all crashes involving two or more vehicles, almost 2 million annually, are rear-end collisions. Over 85% are caused by a combination of insufficient following distance and driver inattention.

Awareness of the vehicles in front of you and those behind you is critical in managing your safety zone to prevent rear-end collisions. This “One Second Advantage™” Safety Tip, employing our proven “Ready-Brake™” technique, will help you reduce the chances of sustaining rear-end collisions from vehicles behind you. Let’s first discuss how this technique works and then we’ll show you an example.

If you are anticipating a possibly hazardous situation, you can use the “Ready-Brake™” technique as a warning to drivers behind you that they need to pay attention to a situation farther ahead.

“Ready-Brake™” means you are ready to apply brakes if needed. During “Ready-Brake™” you are simply taking the slack or “free play” out of the brake pedal without engaging the brakes.

You take your right foot off the accelerator and touch the brake pedal. This gets the brake lights on while you are looking ahead and making decisions … alerting those behind you that there is a situation ahead so they make react sooner too.

If you ultimately need your brakes, you have saved the time required to get your foot from the gas pedal to the brake – preventing a situation from occurring in front of you and helping you avoid being rear-ended by an inattentive driver behind you. “Ready-Brake™” offers another opportunity to find the “One Second Advantage™”.

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