Following Another Car Is A Dangerous Practice

June 28, 2017

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The days of the car caravan may be over as the practice of following another car actually is a risky business.  Drivers who follow another car to the same destination are more likely to drive dangerously. The study found that drivers following the lead car drove faster, made turns at more erratic speeds and changed lanes quicker. Drivers were also more likely to cut in front of pedestrians while following a friend. Researchers believe that the driver of the second car drives recklessly because they were afraid of getting lost, a common fear among drivers, according to the study. To counter this, the authors suggested that lead drivers reduce their speed and wait for the second driver before making turns or changing lanes.


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