Riding Too Close

The practice of riding too close to the vehicle in front gives valuable insight into the way accidents happen

Riding Too Close

Driving too close to the vehicle in front is one of the commonest causes of accidents. It is also common that most riders see no risk in it. Half the rear end shunts occur when the vehicle in front brakes sharply and the one behind does not stop in time.

. Because errors go unpunished – that is, they are not always followed by an accident – they develop into bad habits which increase the risk that one day the rider will be involved in an accident.

Riding too close to the vehicle in front is a double risk for a rider because it does not allow sufficient space to compensate for a driver behind who is also too close. Driving too close is one of the commonest causes of vehicle accidents. Riders should recognise this characteristic of drivers and compensate by increasing their own following distance. A rear shunt is dangerous for a rider at whatever speed.

 

 

 

Motorcycle roadcraft

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