Tailgating can lead to a careless driving charge

Did you know that tailgating can lead to a careless driving charge?

high-risk-auto-insurance-canadaAlthough there are no laws specifically addressing and/or prohibiting tailgating, you can still receive a traffic ticket for careless driving. The rules stated in section 130 of the Highway Traffic Act that deals with Careless Driving, states that,  “Every person is guilty of the offence of driving carelessly who drives a vehicle or street car on a highway without due care and attention or without reasonable consideration for other persons using the highway.”

In the same manner, section 249 of the Criminal Code states: “It is an offence to operate a motor vehicle in a manner that is dangerous to the public, having regard to all the circumstances, including the nature, condition and use of the road, as well as the amount of traffic in the vicinity.”

In other words, if the tailgating is so close to the extent that it is deemed dangerous or careless, then that would be unlawful and you could face a traffic ticket for careless driving! Tailgating, or following too close, is the cause of the majority of rear-end collisions, which can cause major damage to both driver and vehicle and, in some instances, may lead to a fatality.

The easiest method to assist you in determining if you’re travelling a safe distance behind other vehicles is the two-second rule. It is the same method that is outlined in the Ontario Ministry of Transportation’s Driver’s Handbook, and is as follows:

  • Find a roadside object – such as a road sign, pole or tree – ahead of you to use as a reference point.
  • Now, wait until the back-end of the vehicle ahead of you passes the reference point.
  • Then count the seconds – using one steamboat, two steamboat – to see how long it takes the front of your vehicle to reach the same reference point.
  • If it takes less than two seconds (or steamboats), you’re travelling too close.

Please remember that in wet or slippery conditions, you should allow even more time than two seconds. It’s important to leave a safe amount of distance. Give yourself time to react or stop quickly.

In the event that you have encountered a patch of bad driving luck and you have been convicted of careless driving our SweetLemons Insurance Programs  is here to help.  We specialize in high risk auto insurance and our professional team will analyze your unique situation and quickly get you on the road to driver recovery so that you can regain your former lower insurance premiums.  We understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people and we are there to get your vehicle insurance premiums back on track.

However, an important fact to always keep in mind with regard to careless driving is that a conviction for careless driving is a major conviction that will cost you six demerit points!  It will put you into the category of high risk auto insurance, could see your car insurance premiums skyrocket, and in, some circumstances, you carrier may refuse to reinsure you due to a large number of demerit points on your record. This means the insurance company will not offer to renew your policy and you will have to seek insurance elsewhere.

In the event that you have encountered a patch of bad driving luck and you have been convicted of careless driving our SweetLemons Insurance Programs  is here to help.  We specialize in high risk auto insurance and our professional team will analyze your unique situation and quickly get you on the road to driver recovery so that you can regain your former lower insurance premiums.  We understand that sometimes bad things happen to good people and we are there to get your vehicle insurance premiums back on track.

Remember, if you don’t tailgate, your chances of causing a rear-end collision and being charged with careless driving because you were following too closely, will be greatly diminished.  Not tailgating is the smart and safe way to drive.