Drafting on the Highway
As some Americans attempt to tighten their budgets and crack down on unnecessary spending, drivers have been pushed to strange and sometimes dangerous habits. While saving money and being economical is usually considered the hallmark of a wise consumer, putting oneself and others at risk of bodily harm and massive property damages certain should be avoided. In the case of drafting, a popular tactic among more diehard hypermilers, following nearby vehicles to reduce wind resistance can make long trips significantly less expensive.
However, these drivers may forget how dangerous following too closely behind other vehicles on the roadway can be. If a negligent driver has caused you injury, contact the Madison car accident lawyers of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, at 800-242-2874 to discuss your claim with a legal professional today.
The Problems with Drafting
Common sense would suggest that, moving at a fast speed, following too closely behind an equally fast-moving vehicle is probably unwise. Considering the habits of highway drivers, cutting each other off or slowing down for police traps, drafting can easily lead to the following problems, as drivers leave insufficient space to react and brake in time, possibly leading to:
- rear-end accidents
- under-ride accidents
- causing road rage
- overly hasty lane changing to avoid tailgating
There is no time when drafting is safe. Instead of taking up this dangerous act, hypermilers can adhere to a list of smart, fuel-saving habits that do not involve such risky behavior. At 55 miles-per-hour, drivers are supposed to follow trucks at a safe distance of 150 feet, allowing for truckers to see followers in their rear-view mirrors and giving drivers enough time to brake.
If you have been injured because of a drafting incident then you may be entitled to pursue financial compensation. Contact the car accident attorneys of Habush Habush & Rottier S.C. ®, by calling 800-242-2874 today.