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The Dangers of Tailgating | Wheeling Park High School (WV), 2017 Winners

When a driver tailgates, or follows another vehicle too closely, it prevents them from avoiding a crash when the vehicle in front of them brakes suddenly.

Adult Tips:

  • Teach your teen to recognize and know the speed limit on the road they are traveling.

  • Teach your teen to maintain a consistent speed.

  • Practice a safe following distance when driving with your teen, and teach them the 3-second following distance rule.

  • When driving with your teen, talk about what they should do if they are being tailgated.

Teen Tips:

  • Know your speed limit.

  • Maintain a consistent speed.

  • Always keep a safe following distance, especially during adverse weather conditions.

  • If you are being tailgated, don't feel pressured to speed. Do your best to ignore it, don't be intimidated by them, and continue your safe driving practices.


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