Nobody wants to get into a rear-end collision. Sometimes, however, they might be unavoidable. We hate to say it, but it’s better to be the person who gets hit than the person who does the hitting. If you know the common causes of rear-end collisions, it’s easier to avoid them and being the person at fault for the incidents. Texan Auto Repair & Collision lists rear-end collision causes below.
Driving While Distracted
Distracted driving has become the number one cause of automobile accidents period. The most common distraction is a cell phone. Other distractions include putting on your makeup or shaving while you’re driving, eating while you’re driving, arguing with a passenger while you’re driving, or reading a book, which some drivers do. Pay attention when you’re behind the wheel and avoid distractions.
Following Too Closely
Tailgating is another common cause of rear-end collisions. Following the driver in front of you too closely does not give you the stopping distance you need should the driver have to slam on his or her brakes. No matter how late you are, do not tailgate. Always allow for plenty of stopping distance between you and the drivers in front of you. You never know when you’re going to need the extra space.
Speeding, disobeying road rules, and engaging in road rage are all common causes of rear-end collisions. Again, if you are driving too fast or following someone too closely because you are angry at him or her, you won’t have time to stop if the person in front of you decides to teach you a lesson. Pay attention to speed limits and all rules of the road. Give yourself plenty of time to get where you need to go so you can slow down and calm down.
Wet weather makes the roads slick and makes it much easier for you to get into a rear-end collision. It could be that your vehicle skidded and ran into the person in front of you, or it could be that you were hit by somebody behind you. Drive according to the road conditions. If it’s raining, hailing, or there’s sleet, slow down and give yourself extra stopping space between cars. Keep in mind your brakes are also affected by wet weather.
If you fail to maintain your brake system properly, you may hit the car in front of you because you cannot stop. Brake failure can cause rear-end collisions if you do not have a way to stop your vehicle without using your brakes. Regular brake maintenance, including brake inspections every 15,000 miles, helps prevent brake failure.
Finally, driver error can cause an automobile accident including a rear-end collision. One common driver error is accidentally stepping on the accelerator instead of the brake pedal. If it’s raining outside and your shoes are wet, your foot could slip off the brake pedal, as well. Again, drive defensively when you are behind the wheel and take all necessary precautions to avoid automobile accidents.
If you do get into a wreck, call Texan Auto Repair & Collision in Sugar Land, TX. We are a full-service auto repair shop and we are also a collision repair shop.