Brake-checking and tailgating are some of the worst things a driver can do on the road. Here’s why.
The attached footage comes from a dashcam installed in a 2005 Subaru Legacy GT wagon which was being driven quite close behind an older Honda Pilot. While tailgating is dangerous, brake-checking is perhaps even worse. Rather than moving on the other lane to simply let the Subaru pass, the Pilot driver had the awful idea to perform a brake-check at the 0:45 mark. The Subaru had enough time to brake and avoid a collision, but the story is far from being over.
Both drivers were very stubborn. The one in the Subaru for sticking so close to the Pilot, and the other for not freeing up the lane. To make matters worse, the Pilot driver did another brake-check at 0:55 into the video and this time it turned out to be a disaster for the Legacy. Lacking traction and stability control as per the YouTube description, the Subaru started swirling on the road and ultimately crashed and rolled over. Footage of the aftermath is not available at this point, but from what we are seeing in the video, the accident was quite nasty. That’s certainly not good publicity for Subaru’s symmetrical all-wheel-drive system, is it?
So, who’s at fault here? Both. That being said, the one driving the Pilot is guiltier than the other after brake-checking twice. Tailgating is bad, but that doesn’t mean the driver in front should resort to such dangerous maneuvers. If there’s a lesson to be learned from all of this, let’s all keep a safe distance from the car in front of us. If it is hogging the lane, tailgating is not the solution because this could happen.