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Florida Driver Handbook: Avoiding Rear-end Collisions

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Florida Driver Handbook: Avoiding Rear-end Collisions

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5. Driving Safety

Many crashes happen because one vehicle runs into the back of another one. Here are some things you can do to lower the risk of someone running into the rear of your vehicle.

  • Check your brake lights often to make sure they are clean and working properly.
  • Know what is going on around you. Use your rearview mirrors.
  • Signal well in advance for turns, stops and lane changes.
  • Slow down gradually. Avoid any sudden actions.
  • Drive with the flow of traffic (within the speed limit). Driving too slowly can be as dangerous as driving too fast.
  • To avoid striking the vehicle in the front of you, keep at least three to four seconds following distance with an additional second for any unusual weather or traffic conditions. See the Minimum Safe Following Distance information in section 5.26