Rear-end collisions are among the most common types of car accidents in the U.S. Although insurance coverage will take care of the property damage and pay the medical expenses, prevention is always preferable. Consider using the following simple strategies for reducing your risk of rear-end collisions.
Install a pulsing third brake light.
If you’re planning to purchase a new car, look for one that already features a pulsing third brake light. Or, you can have a trained technician install this specialized safety feature in your current vehicle. Pulsing third brake lights emit several pulses of light as soon as you apply the brakes. This instantly alerts drivers following behind you to your slowing speed, and it enables them to brake faster to avoid a collision.
Deal with tailgaters safely.
Tailgating is a common hazard. It can be particularly frustrating for responsible drivers to have to deal with tailgaters, but don’t let your emotions get the better of you. Instead of braking hard to send a message to the tailgater behind you, slow down gradually at a safe passing zone, and allow the tailgater to pass you. If there is no safe passing zone ahead, look for a service station or similar feature. Pull off the road safely to allow the dangerous driver behind you to pass by.
Check your brake lights frequently.
About every month or so, have a family member stand behind your parked car. Apply the brakes while he or she watches the lights to make sure they all come on. If any of the lights are out, get them fixed promptly. You could replace the bulbs on standard brake lights yourself, but make sure you purchase the correct bulbs for your vehicle. Otherwise, you could risk electrical problems.
One of the most effective ways to protect yourself from distracted drivers behind you is to install a third brake light that emits pulses of light. Pulse Protects offers premium brake light products, sold through qualified dealerships and installed by trained technicians. Get our award-winning car safety device today!