• Tailgating

    a deadly destructive and
    dangerous habit

  • 40% of all motor vehicle accidents are caused by

    rear-ending the vehicle
    in front

  • The driving public does not know this is

    a leading cause of death
    and injury damage

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What To do

A defensive driving strategy to avoid TAILGATING exists

  • It is logical, easy to execute
  • needs no electronic equipment
  • is free and it works at whatever speed you choose to drive
  • It was developed from training material contained in the National Safety Council’s CEVO (Coaching the Emergency Vehicle Operator) course.

Three Step Stopping Skill

An alert, focused, non-distracted operator will take about .75-1.0 to realize that real danger exists and corrective action is urgent. Anything that blocks or delays perception like texting, phoning, dialing, gawking, beautifying, rubbernecking, eating, drinking, reading, fumbling, add precious seconds.
An operator in reasonably good health with normal reactions will take another .75-1.0 seconds to move their foot from the accelerator and begin depressing the brake. Anything that slows this activity, like injuries, medications, arthritis, alcohol, day dreaming adds more seconds.
A passenger car with good brakes and tires, on a dry roadway, with good visibility will take 3 to 4 seconds for the brakes to engage and bring that vehicle to a safe stop in the same lane of traffic. This must be done without skidding or swerving which adds more time and causes side-swipes, head on and rollovers. Air brakes add another .50 seconds. If the vehicle is heavier, visibility poor, roads wet or slippery, even more seconds must be added to the following distance.

Added all Together

the absolute minimum following distance between

  • every motor vehicle (motorcycle, compact, SUV, pickup, bus, 18 wheeler) should be 5 full seconds – never, ever less. That gives operators a fighting chance to manage a safe uneventful stop in the same lane of traffic under true emergency conditions.

Contact Us

Benjamin Jones, Director Emeritus
Douglas Jones
Phone: 207-460-3924