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How should you react if a driver is driving too close behind you?

On Behalf of | Mar 13, 2023 | Motor Vehicle Accidents |

You often see drivers following too close to the car in front of them. Driving instructors teach a minimum following distance of three seconds in good conditions and more in poor ones, such as fog or wet or icy roads. Yet, this guidance is too rarely heeded.

The reason you need to stay well back is so that you have sufficient time to stop if the person in front brakes suddenly to avoid a hazard, such as a piece of debris or a pedestrian stepping out without looking.

What can you do if someone is tailgating you?

The most important thing to remember is you cannot force another driver to move, so you may need to be the one to move. That could mean pulling over to one side of the lane so they have enough room to pass. Or it could mean pulling to a stop at a safe point or taking the next turn, even if it’s not where you want to go, to get away from them.

Whatever you do, avoid making the situation worse

Don’t try slamming on your brakes to force the other driver to pull back. They might be too close because they are distracted, and braking suddenly could result in them plowing into the back of your vehicle. Or, if they may perceive that it was an aggressive move on your part, and they might counter with something even more aggressive that puts you and others at risk.

If another driver rear-ends you, insurers would usually determine the crash as that driver’s fault, but it’s best to get legal help to better ensure you receive the compensation you deserve.