Tailgating is when motorists drive too closely to the vehicle in front, usually in an attempt to get them to move over to let them past or get them to speed up.
It seems though, that a third of British motorists don’t realise that tailgating is a fineable offence! It can, however, land you with 3 points on your driving licence and a £100 fine.
Research from Confused.com has revealed that nearly half of British motorists are guilty of tailgating, most admitting that they have tried to get the car in front to speed up because they were driving too slowly.
The penalties for tailgating can range from a caution, referral to a driver improvement scheme, £100 fine, and 3 penalty points, a driving ban or in some circumstances, even a prison sentence.
82 per cent of British drivers have been a victim of tailgating, with 27 per cent of those being targeted at least once a week. And one in five of those has been involved in an accident or near-miss as a result of tailgating.
The ‘two-second rule’ means there should always be a two-second gap between your car and the car in front, but it seems that many of us are tailgating due to a lack of awareness.
It is so important to always take your time when driving, to follow the speed limits, leaving the appropriate stopping distance between yourself and the car in front, especially in bad weather. Failure to do this could not only result in 3 points and £100 fine but could also put your life and the life of others’ at risk.
Drive safely, people!
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