How Avoiding a Rear-End Collision Led to a School Bus Crash
A driver swerving to avoid rear-ending a car that had stopped led to a school bus crash in Raleigh, according to WTVD-TV. The incident happened near the intersection of Diquedo Drive and Skycrest Drive. Both the school bus and the other vehicle, a pickup truck, were traveling along Skycrest Drive prior to the wreck.
The accident happened when the driver of the pickup truck crossed over into oncoming traffic to avoid hitting a stopped car. This led to a collision with the school bus, which was heading in the opposite direction when the pickup swerved into its lane. No one on the bus was injured in the crash. However, four occupants of the pickup truck, including three children, had to be taken to the hospital for treatment. Police were still investigating this incident at the time of this writing.
5 Tips for Properly Avoiding a Rear-End Collision
There are several ways that drivers can lower their chances of being involved in a rear-end collision, including:
- Try to keep a two to four-second wide space between you and the vehicle in front of you. Doing so, will often give you enough time to avoid rear-ending the other car or truck if it stops unexpectedly.
- Keep a lookout as far ahead as possible while driving to spot any potential issues that would lead to you having to stop suddenly.
- Stay aware of where the vehicles around your car or truck are located as you travel through traffic together.
- When you stop behind another car or truck at an intersection, pull up behind them just far enough to where you can still see their rear tires touching the road.
- Avoid distracted driving, including talking to passengers, texting, operating a GPS or using a handheld device, such as a cell phone.
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