Keep your distance and keep moving

We need to talk about tailgating. You might already be shaking your head and thinking “no, not me, I always keep a safe distance from the vehicle in front of me. Honest guv’nor.” But the thing is, we can’t all be saying that truthfully, because the stats show that a whopping 23% of all motor vehicle accidents are due to rear-end collisions…

The stats don’t lie

Quite a shocking figure isn’t it? And for those of us out there doing courier work on the roads every day, the need for speed in order to get everything done in the hours we’ve got can make us even more likely to slip up. While your personal driving record might well be as clean as a whistle, consider these facts:

  • Tailgating is one of the most common triggers for van accidents on our roads
  • It ranks above bad weather, drink driving and speeding
  • In 2017 alone, there were 4,256 accidents reported as a result of tailgating, and a disproportionate 8% were light commercial vehicles
  • One last thing: that equates to 10 injuries a week…

The clash of close and personal

The research also shows that being followed too closely has a negative affect on many road users (do I hear an amen to that?). It’s clearly one of the most annoying behaviours on the road, yet it still happens. Accidents can cause major delays (a big problem for those doing courier work) and, in more serious cases, personal injury or fatality.

It’s simple: back off and you’ll save time, costly downtime expenses and maybe even your life.

Tips to keep your distance

  • The two-second rule: stay at least 2 seconds away from the vehicle in front
  • In wet weather, double that
  • If someone’s tailgating you, don’t overreact – let them pass
  • If another vehicle moves into the space in front of you, make another space
  • If you’re following a very slow vehicle, don’t tailgate, find a safe place to pass

We’re all in the same boat (or van) when it comes to the time pressures of courier work. But it’s important that we all do our bit to reduce the agro and accidents on the road. Keep calm, keep your distance and we’ll all get to carry on. Honest guv’nor!

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