(January 22, 2019)- Traffic Tuesday! For this Traffic Tuesday we will be focusing on Following Too Closely; also known as tailgaiting.
It’s doubtful that anyone likes to be tailgated, yet people do it constantly every day. The reasons behind people following too closely range from running late to aggressive driving. We want to make sure that people are aware of the dangers of not having enough distance between your car and the one in front of you.
A driver is at a higher risk of rear-ending a vehicle when they are following less than 2 seconds behind the vehicle in front of them. You should have one full car length between you and the car in front of you for every 10-mph. The distance necessary depends on the weather conditions, the speed, and the road itself. So one car length, 15 feet, may be a safe distance when traveling 10-mph, but is not considered safe when traveling at 65-mph. When a vehicle stops abruptly the vehicle following too closely will be left with little or no time to react and brake.
If you are being tailgated you can take some steps to reduce your chance of being rear-ended. If you are in a multi-lane road, change lanes to allow the vehicle to pass. If that is not possible, maintain the speed limit and leave more than enough space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Remember, a considerable amount of traffic crashes are attributed to following too closely.
Florida State Statute 316.0895 covers Following Too Closely - The driver of a motor vehicle shall not follow another vehicle more closely than is reasonable and prudent, having due regard for the speed of such vehicles and the traffic upon, and the condition of, the highway.
A violation of Following Too Closely is a noncriminal traffic infraction, punishable as a moving violation.
REMINDER: If you have traffic concerns, you can submit them here: www.capecops.com/traffic. Your concern will be routed directly to the Traffic Unit for follow-up. Please be as detailed as possible to include things like days of week, times you are seeing the issue, or specific cars (if it is a particular vehicle with which you are having an issue).
CAPE CORAL POLICE DEPARTMENT | Public Affairs Office | 1100 Cultural Park Boulevard | Cape Coral, FL 33990 | (239) 242-3341