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How dangerous is tailgating?

When driving on Missouri roads, you have likely been in a situation where another driver was following too close to the back end of your vehicle. This situation is often called tailgating. According to Infinity Insurance, tailgating is when one vehicle follows another too closely. There is a general road rule to leave at least two car lengths between you and the driver in front of you. This is courteous, but it also prevents accidents.

Tailgating can be quite dangerous. To begin with, the basic risk is a rear-end collision because when someone is following you too closely, they do not have the distance between their vehicle and yours that is required for proper stopping. If you have to stop fast, they will not have time to react and will probably slam into your car.

In addition, tailgating does not always mean being visibly too close. If you are going at high speeds, the distance between you and the other vehicle should be larger than the norm. This accounts for the additional time needed to slow down and stop.

One of the biggest issues with tailgating is the chance of a rear-end collision which could lead to a domino effect. This is when someone slams into you from behind and you then hit the person in front of you. It is very possible to be a proper distance behind the person in front of you and be hit so hard that you are pushed into that vehicle. This information is for education and is not legal advice.

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