Do you know that tailgating is a dangerous practise? According to recent research, tailgating is a contributing factor in more than one third of all crashes on the road and is one of our top causes of car accidents.
Tailgating is when a driver follows the car in front too closely. It's important to always keep a safe distance between your vehicle and the one in front because:
The following video was caught on BlackVue DR590-1CH, it shows that the driver was unable to stop in time as he is following too close to the truck in front. This resulted a crash with a serious damage to the vehicle with broken windscreen.
A simple way to ensure a safe gap between you and the vehicle in front is to use the ‘two-second’ rule. As the vehicle in front of you passes a stationary object, such as a lamp post on the side of the road, start counting to yourself ‘one-thousand-and-one, one thousand-and-two’. This will take you 2 seconds. If you reach the same spot before you finish these eight words, you are following too closely and it is necessary to slow down. This rule will keep you at a safe following distance and will apply to all types of vehicles at any speed.
If the road condition is wet, it is recommended to keep a further distance with four-second rule so you are able to stop safely since the braking distance will increase.
Singapore has always been proclaimed as one of the safest countries for drivers in the world. However, there are several roads which have been known to be accident-prone. As long as you keep your concentration up while driving and do your homework by check out this list of Most Dangerous Roads in Singapore, you will do just fine!”
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