The International Tailgating Experiment

People may or may not know this, but for many years there has been a scientific experiment about the practice of tailgating taking place on our city streets, highways and freeways.

The Rear Ender
The Rear Ender

The hypothesis and experimental practice was that if a car was traveling at a rate of speed slower than the person driving in a car or truck wanted them to travel, what the following car should do is “tailgate” the slower car.

The theory behind this practice was that having a car or even better, a massive truck right on the bumper of the slower moving vehicle would make the driver of the slower moving vehicle realize that even though there may have reason for them to be traveling at a reduced speed, the driver of that vehicle would recognize the fact that their rationale for traveling at reduced speed was probably faulty and they should be exceeding the legal posted limit in a manner similar to the vehicle that was inches from their rear bumper.

Well people, after countless years of collecting data and observing automobile collision sites, it has now been conclusively proven that in fact, wait for this…tailgating does NOT make the person in front of you go any faster.

In fact, researchers’ startling finding is that in fact the inverse has more often than not been found to be true. What they have found is that the more closely a vehicle follows the vehicle in front of it, the more likely it is that the vehicle being followed will in fact decrease their speed, further aggravating the “tailgater”.

As a result of these startling findings, drivers around the world are being urged to immediately cease the experimental practice of tailgating.