If everybody drove like me the roads would be so much safer. It’s so simple, yet most people fail to grasp this concept. Traveling at high speeds and close distances is a recipe for disaster. But it doesn’t have to be.
Even though we do not see deadly accidents on a day-to-day basis, it still does not mean that we are not greatly increasing our chances of getting into an accident when we insist on traveling at high speeds & close distances. Would you rather have a 0.01% chance of being in a high-speed crash or a 0.00001% chance? Save yourself the trouble of trying to remember how decimals work and just realize that you are much better off with the lower % chance.
By simply increasing the buffer between you and the car in front of you, and in some cases cars on either side of you, you can greatly reduce the variance that comes along with traveling in metal boxes at high speeds. Not to mention the fact that 97% or so of the people around you are generally not very smart. Why would you want someone who is not very smart to be able to cause you damage hurling their steel box at you at 70 mph? You can reduce and nearly eliminate the potential of this happening if you just stay away from them.
Aside from the anxiety I get while traveling in close proximity to other cars on the highway, the lack of logic used by these drivers also frustrates me. For example when there are dozens and dozens of cars ahead of them on the road but they insist on traveling as close as possible to the car in front of them. There is no possible way for that person to get to their destination any faster save literally driving through the dozens of cars ahead of them, yet they still insist on traveling at a range of merely feet at such a dangerous high-speed.
Don’t be “that guy.” Just because traveling up the car in front of your car’s ass is how it’s always been doesn’t mean it has to be that way for you in the future. Think about your safety and use logic + common sense when driving.