Rear-ending another vehicle is annoying for multiple reasons, mostly because it is usually entirely preventable. The majority of rear-enders happen at slow speeds, and you are more likely to end up in a rear-end collision if you are at an intersection or heavy traffic.
There are many things you can do to lessen your likelihood of becoming involved in a rear-end collision. According to eDriving, drivers can prevent rear-end collisions by paying more attention and ensuring that your lights are working properly.
What does it mean to ‘pay more attention’?
A good tip is to ensure that you have a solid scanning routine while you are driving. Make sure that you are frequently looking into your rear-view mirror and side mirrors as you control the car. This will help you become more aware of hazards behind you and to the sides. Make sure that you are looking far enough ahead for potential hazards or reasons you may need to break.
When you are stopping behind another vehicle, A good rule is to make sure that from where you are sitting you can see the tires of the vehicle in front of you as well as some of the road behind the car. This is often called the “tarmac and tires” approach.
How do my lights factor in?
It is important to use turn signals so as not to surprise other drivers. However, make sure that you frequently check your tail lights to ensure they work. If you have a malfunctioning tail light, it is more likely that a driver behind you will not notice that you have come to a stop and rear-end you.