2nd April 2019

Tailgating is one of the UK’s biggest driving irritations

According to Highways England, tailgating is one of the biggest irritations that drivers have about other motorway users with 90% of people saying they have either been tailgated or seen it.

Driving too close to the vehicle in front can be extremely dangerous and can make it impossible for motorists to avoid certain collisions in an emergency.

Highways England have released a short clip showing how quickly an accident can happen if drivers don’t leave enough space between themselves and the vehicle in front.

Richard Leonard, head of road safety at Highways England said ‘This footage is a startling reminder about the dangers of driving too closely to the vehicle in front.’

‘It clearly shows that if you get too close to the car in front, you won’t be able to react and stop in time if they suddenly brake.’

The Highway Code recommends all motorists should ideally stay two seconds behind the vehicle in front. In doing so, will give drivers greater visibility of incidents ahead as well as greater braking distance.

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