RACQ’s Kirsty Clinton said many of these injuries and subsequent insurance claims could have been avoided if drivers left a safe, two second following distance.
“While often these nose-to-tail type crashes only result in minor damage to vehicles, they can cause injuries with long-lasting impacts like whiplash,” Ms Clinton said.
“People need to make sure they’re always travelling at a safe distance behind the vehicle in front – a minimum of two seconds. This will ensure they have enough time and space to avoid a crash if the vehicle in front is forced to suddenly stop.”
Research by the Centre for Accident Research and Road Safety Queensland (CARRS-Q) found while most people believed they travelled at a safe distance, two thirds actually did not.
Queensland Police called on motorists to ‘be a mate’.
“Rear-end crashes are costly, and unfortunately common,” QPS reported.
“We’ve teamed up with [MAIC] to call on Queensland drivers to ‘Be a Mate’ out on the road and help make it safer for everyone.”