Despite being very dangerous and costly, the last three years has seen a rise in the number of cars hitting the rear of another vehicle while on the road.
Research from Accident Exchange shows that the number of rear-end collisions on the UK's roads has risen by seven per cent since 2011. The majority of these occur at low speeds in urban areas but account for one third of all accidents. On average, each of these collisions costs £2,000 to repair.
Generally, if a driver hits the back of another vehicle they will be considered to be at fault for the accident, meaning it is their insurance that will have to cover the damage.
The reason as to why these collisions have been rising is unclear but there are measures that drivers can take to make sure it doesn't happen to them.
A number of vehicles come with collision avoidance systems, which may be worth investing in to avoid an accident. The likes of Audi, Ford, Mazda, Honda, Volvo and Skoda equip many of their new cars with such features as automatic braking with a view to avoiding a crash.
Drivers should also have their brakes checked frequently to ensure they have shorter stopping distances. They should also make sure they have working ABS systems in place to avoid their wheels locking and the car skidding uncontrollably on the road.
Another important thing to remember is that drivers must keep their full attention on the road as it could be a rising level of distractions that is causing the rise in rear-end collisions.
Director of sales development at Accident Exchange Liz Fisher explained: “There’s no obvious explanation because the nation’s roads are full of safer, more advanced vehicles which, in some cases, are supposed to help a driver to avoid collisions.
“However, it could be argued that increased connectivity in cars means the modern driver has more distractions while at the wheel from other technology, like mobile phones or MP3 players.”
Posted by Danielle Barge