New dashcam video footage displays the dangers of tailgating other vehicles at high speeds.
A driver was tailgating another car last Thursday in Little Chute, Wisconsin when it crashed after the driver in front of him front brake-checked, WGBA-TV reported.
The incident took place at around 7 a.m. on Interstate 41.
The dashcam footage shows a black SUV trailing other vehicles on the highway when suddenly, the car in front slams on its brakes, causing tailgating driver to veer off the road to avoid a collision.
After the driver in front slammed on the brakes, the SUV apparently loses control as it skids from left to right. Moments later, the SUV slides off the road, skidding onto the grassy embankment in the middle of the highway.
The vehicle can then be seen smashing into a pole before coming to a stop after hitting the crash barriers.
Fox Valley Metro police told WGBA-TV that no one was hurt, but they are still working to identify the car in front.
According to Wisconsin State Patrol, these situations are fairly common.
“The number one thing we’re seeing right now is people that are following other vehicles too closely,” State Patrol Trooper Jennifer Austin told WGBA-TV. “You have to remember that you have to maintain enough stopping distance, enough time to be able to react to what is going on in front of you.”
Lystra Charnon of Green Bay told WGBA-TV she agrees that people need their proper space and impatient tailgaters should “take it easy.”
Brake-checking, however, is not something police encourage. Austin cautioned that as a general rule, drivers who notice that the person behind them is a little too close for comfort, they shouldn’t do anything to make the situation more aggressive by hitting the brakes.
“I like driving in the left lane, but if someone is on top of me, I just move over,” Bridget Busse of Green Bay told WGBA-TV. “I’d rather be safe than sorry.”
State Patrol agreed that getting away from a dangerous situation is the best way to resolve it. Austin added that if a driver is really worried about an aggressive driver, he or she could call police to report the incident.
Watch the video here: