The kind of tailgating that causes problems for law enforcement is not the kind that happens in parking lots before football games. Tailgating or “following too close” is frequently listed as the cause of accidents here in Springfield. Drivers not paying attention to their surroundings, or suffering from “road rage,” can find themselves driving too closely to the car in front of them, and not being able to stop when necessary, causing a rear-end accident.
Drivers need to allow sufficient room in front to be able to stop in case the car ahead of them suddenly stops for some reason such as slowing traffic. When coming to a stop at signalized intersections, drivers also need to allow enough room in front of their cars to be able to see the rear tires of the car in front of them. This extra room might keep the front of their cars from being damaged if they are struck from behind and pushed forward. Please drive carefully and pay attention.