The Physics of Rear End Auto Accidents

Rear end accidents occur when an at fault driver hits another vehicle in front of them. Usually, this happen when the car in front stops and the driver from behind is unable to stop in time.

According to experts, this type of auto accident has a force equivalent to half of the speed of the car. For example, a vehicle traveling at a speed of 40 mph that rear ended another car is like hitting a wall at 20 mph.

The physics of rear end collision is different from head-on collision which happens when two car’s front ends collide. In this situation, the impact is greater and deadlier because the velocity of two vehicles traveling in opposite directions is higher.

Preventing Rear End Accidents:

Keep a safe distance and avoid tailgating. Maintaining a safe distance from another vehicle will allow drivers to have enough time to maneuver and respond to changes in speed.

If the road is slippery or the visibility is low due to bad weather, drivers should increase the time interval to react to a slowing or stopped vehicle.
Avoid being distracted. Mobile phones and other electronic devices can serve as a distraction for drivers.

Avoid constant braking-accelerating sequences. Doing so may increase the likelihood of rear end collision because the other driver is less likely to predict the speed of the vehicle in front of them.

When changing speed, do this by accelerating slowly.

Respect the right-of-way of other motorists. An accident can be caused by driver’s behavior, so by respecting the right-of-way and being courteous to other drivers, people can avoid accidents.

When approaching red traffic lights, take the foot off the accelerator pedal early on to avoid colliding with a slowing or stopped vehicle.

Always check the tire pressure. Correct tire pressure increases safety and can make the car fuel-efficient by increasing the rolling resistance by at least 10 percent.

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