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:
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
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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