Leave a way out

Have you ever been involved in a rear end collision? Have you ever accidentally rear ended another motorist on the highway?

There are ways to avoid rear end collisions.  One known way is to keep plenty of distance between you and the motorist in front of you.  But this entails not being distracted in any way, such as texting on your cell phone while operating a motor vehicle.

But there is another principle that can help you avoid a rear end collision with a motorist in front of you, especially at a red light.  Let’s say that you and the motorist in front of you are intending to make a right turn at a red light.  The car in front of you begins to move forward to make that right hand turn, and you turn your head left to see if the coast is clear and safe to also make a right hand turn.  The car in front accelerates as though intending to make that right hand turn, and you move your head left again, and seeing the coast is almost clear, you accelerate to make that right hand turn. Bam!  You hit the car in front of you because you didn’t anticipate that he would stop.

What can you do to avoid the above scenario?  The answer is to leave yourself a way out.  “Leave a way out” is a principle I learned when I attended truck driving school to learn how to drive a tractor/trailer.  The idea is that if a motorist were to come to a halt or perhaps even stall or is just there and not moving, you are not so close that it is impossible to go around the vehicle in front of you. You always leave yourself a way out in the event the vehicle in front of you cannot move.

Leaving a way out is the best principle to apply at all times when driving.  You’ll avoid rear end collisions. And if you are far enough behind a stopped motorist that is front of you, even if the motorist were to accidentally put their transmission in reverse she most likely would not hit you because of the distance involved and coming to the realization that she is in the wrong gear before her vehicle makes contact with your vehicle.  (Don’t ever follow too closely!)

So always play it safe and leave yourself a way out.

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Published in: on Mar 2, 2012 at 10:15 PM  Leave a Comment  

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