When people think of the word “tailgate”, most envision delicious food and drink, enjoyed with friends and family, in the parking lot of a stadium before start of kickoff. However, it also refers to the way-too-common practice of cars and trucks following too close to each other. Did you know that vehicle tailgating is the major contributor to rear-end collisions? When you are maintaining a safe following distance, you can greatly reduce your chances of needing to come see us for collision repair.

When driving in normal/good driving conditions, you should allow yourself at least 3 seconds of following time from the vehicle in front of you. To judge this, pick a fixed object on the side of the road (bridge, tree, sign, etc.) and start counting(one-one thousand, two-one thousand, etc) when the rear bumper of the car in front of you passes it. If your front bumper reaches the object before you finish counting at least 3 seconds, you could be too close and you need to increase your following distance.

In bad weather/poor road conditions, you need to increase your time and distance even more, allowing you the opportunity to safely brake if needed. By following these simple tips, you can make sure that you (and your passengers) arrive at your destination safely!

If you are unfortunate enough to get into a “fender-bender”, come see the pros here at Pete Solis Collision Center.  

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Pete Solis Collision Center is El Paso’s Auto Body Shop! With over 47 years of experience behind us, we are the top choice for bodywork, paint, and more. We are the home to ICAR certified professional body shop technicians, as well as quality Sherwin Williams Automotive Finishes. Pete Solis Collision Center is located at 1434 Lomaland Dr. in El Paso, Texas. Give us a call today at (915) 599-8666. We are open Monday through Friday from 8:00am to 5:00pm.

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