Football season is back in full swing, and so is tailgating season!

Unfortunately, increased game day traffic also means an increase in the bad type of tailgating. The type of tailgating that doesn't include beer and burgers.

Following drivers too closely is an unfortunate habit that is seen really often on the roads. Tailgating has a reputation that automatically pegs you as a bad driver. At the very least, you're labeled as an aggressive one.

Tailgating is also usually followed by road rage, which honestly just creates a dangerous back and forth between drivers. We are all familiar with certain roads, drivers, and areas in our towns that just get on our nerves no matter how many deep breaths we take.

While it may seem like a personal thing, having someone tailgate you, it's really a widespread problem on the streets of America. According to the National Transportation Safety Board (NTSB), approximately 950,000 injuries and 2,000 deaths happen annually from rear-end collisions alone.

Now, when you were going through your driver's course to get your permit and then ultimately you're driver's test, you were definitely cautioned about the dangers of distracted driving.

The NTSB has given additional reminders about avoiding tailgating and the best ways to stay safe on the road.

  1. Put your phone somewhere in your car where you won't be tempted to use it while driving.
  2. Leave at least a car's distance between you and the car in front of you.
  3. Keep your eyes on the road and try not to get distracted by music or passengers.
  4. Drive defensively and never get behind the wheel angry.
  5. Always make sure you're insured before you get behind the wheel of a car.
  6. Designate a driver. Always give the keys to someone who is sober.

The best way to keep everyone safe on the road is to do your part individually. Drive responsibly and take care of other drivers on the road.

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