Tips for Dealing with Tailgaters
Tailgaters suck! While changing motorists’ driving behavior is unlikely, there are steps you can take towards a safer driving experience. First, always remember to stay cool, and do not let their poor behavior affect your judgment and ability to drive safely –– your life is worth more than road rage.
When you are being tailgated, maintain a safe and steady speed, and let the tailgater pass if possible. It may be necessary to find a safe place to pull over. In this case, signaling early is important to let the tailgater know you are letting them pass. To prevent a close call or potential collision, increase your following distance, communicate your intentions early, and use smart lane positioning. Increasing your following distance by at least 3 seconds allows ample time to react and slow down if necessary.
To learn more about traffic safety, visit the Traffic Safety Website.