Tailgating is Bad – A Recipe for Roadway Success

Be nice and good things will happen to you – sounds like something your mother might say to you, right? Well as cheesy and simple as that may sound, if you apply that to your everyday driving, you might be amazed at the results.  Less accidents, less stress and more peace in your life perhaps – you won’t know until you try. It may sound silly to you at first, especially if you are an atypical road rager, but think about this – how happy and feeling good as being negative and angry on the road made you feel? In fact, can you name one positive thing that has come from this type of behavior?

Tailgating is bad – why you ask?  Because it leads to more accidents and generally puts you, your family and other drivers and their families on the road at risk unnecessarily, not to mention is a key facet in generally causing unneeded stress and tension in your mind, body and throughout your life and to those around you. And ask your family, I’m sure they want you to be happy and don’t like seeing you stressed, right? And do you like being stressed when you drive or otherwise?

The six second rule applies here – give yourself space and time behind other drivers in case they may have to slam on their brakes or swerve suddenly to avoid an obstacle in the road. Take your time to enjoy the views of nature and the horizon. Wave to police and construction workers whose job it is to protect and serve our transportation concerns and needs.  A little kindness can go a long way, not only in making others feel good about what they are doing, but you may be surprised to learn of the positive effects it will have on your own state of mind and general wellbeing.
Stay focused when you drive. Do yourself, your family and the rest of human kind a favor by taking your time, being courteous(do unto others!), safe and generally prioritizing safety, calm, peace and sanity over rushing and stressing out. If you are short on time, then perhaps you should work on some time management skills or get up a bit earlier in the morning instead of putting yours and other people’s lives on the line by speeding and driving erratically.

So yes, Tailgating is bad, being nice is good, respecting others and, most importantly, yourself is good too. Follow these tips for a safer, saner drive down the streets and freeways of your town, and you just might find sanity, peace and calm emanating from your driving, but, if you really dig into doing it 100%, you may also find these positive attributes leaking into other areas of your personal and professional life as well. Go and do likewise, even if for just one drive, or one day.  You just might find that your drive and your life may be a bit better, if only but for a moment, as a result.

Mike Machina has written for 944 Magazine/944.com, Comcast, The Onion and Westword and has been a car enthusiast since he was first able to get behind the wheel of a truck on his friend’s farm in elementary school. He specializes in blogging about classic cars, everyday driving tips, maintenance, insurance and car humor.

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