According to research by Brake and Direct Line, over half of drivers (53%) are risking fatal accidents on motorways by driving too close to the vehicle in front.
Male drivers are more likely to tailgate than women, with a horrifying three in ten male drivers doing so on a weekly basis.
Brake opposes raising the motorway speed limit, currently being considered by government. It warns that most drivers’ who fail to keep a safe distance adds credence to their case. At 80mph, stopping distances are 27% greater than at 70mph (122m on average compared to 96m at 70mph), meaning drivers are less able to stop in time in an emergency and avoid devastating crashes.
Jonathan Hare, Managing Director of JM Hare Services Limited said, “There is no higher priority than the safety of our drivers.
“Tailgating doesn’t get our drivers to their destinations any faster. We have a strict policy regarding the distance our drivers maintain from the vehicle in front of them.”