Rear-end collisions happen when people simply don’t have enough space between their vehicles. This might happen because a driver is tailgating another one. It may happen because one driver cuts off another in traffic. Whatever the reason, when there isn’t enough space between two vehicles, there is a high risk that there will be a rear-end collision if the first vehicle has to stop quickly.

Fortunately, there are steps you can take to avoid rear-end collisions. Here are three tips to help you stay safer on the road and avoid these damaging crashes.

  1. Get in the habit of checking your mirrors

The first thing to do is to get into the habit of checking your mirrors. It’s up to you to notice if someone behind you is approaching and wants to pass or to look and see if there is enough space between you.

Remember, if someone is too close to your vehicle’s tail end, you can pull over or slow down to allow them to pass.

  1. Don’t get distracted by your digital devices

It’s important to remember that digital devices are distracting and may take your mind off the road. On top of that, they may physically take your hands off the wheel. Put away distractions and remember to look ahead. Stay aware of what’s happening around you, so you can maneuver to avoid a collision if you need to.

  1. Slow down…slowly

Finally, slow down slowly. If you are going to come to a stop, it’s best to slow down over time instead of all at once. This helps drivers behind you by giving them more time to slow down, too. This is particularly important if someone is driving too closely to you, because they have less time to respond to your actions.

Checking your mirrors, putting away distractions and slowing down will all help you avoid rear-end crashes. Still, you can’t predict what other people will do all the time. If someone hits you, remember that you can look into making a claim against them or their insurance, so you can get compensated for any injuries that you suffered.