That's one line of defense for yourslef but how you gonna prevent getting rear ended?
Without question most poignant impaired driver rear ending Ive ever seen...
That poor young mom....beautiful woman
I hate drunks...Toxic assholes
Put it another way... If I am cruising along at 70 with my customary yuge gap in front of me, and I see brake lights, I am on my brakes immediately.
After 2 seconds, I am down to 60 and the texting idiot behind me is doing 70 and closing at a relative rate of 10 mph. This gives him adequate time to respond.
However, if I burn up the gap in front of me and hop on the brakes at the last second, I am stopped, and the texting idiot behind me is still closing at 70. This gives him almost no time to get his head out of his butt and respond.
As for aggressive drivers hopping in front of me... yeah, that's gonna happen. I will get to where I am going a minute and a half later, well rested and in one piece.
I call that a win.
You leave the gap for yourself, to have an out if you see a vehicle failing to slow approaching you from behind. Be on the far outer or far inside lane with an apron, shoulder, emergency lane or median to pull onto rapidly.
I drove up on the immediate aftermath of a very similar accident on I-77 in North Carolina only a few weeks ago, just below the big grade heading up to Fancy Gap, Virginia on the other side of the state line. Traffic stopped due to lanes closed for construction. A truck driver didn’t even brake.
It was awful, I have no idea how anybody in that car survived, but they both were pulled out alive, from Roanoke Virginia. It affected me so that I followed the story, it very easily could have been me and my family. Anna Guardipee and Jennifer Burton. Ms. Burton later passed away. That car was unidentifiable, crushed between the semi that rammed it, and the semi trailer in front of it.
So, immediately be on guard for overtaking traffic if you’re forced to stop on an interstate, leave yourself an out. Several car lengths, and somewhere to go if a truck driver falls asleep or is texting.
“how you gonna prevent getting rear ended?”
That’s EASY! Drive FASTER than everyone else.