Drivers admit motorway tailgating

South Wales Argus: Drivers admit motorway tailgating Drivers admit motorway tailgating

Motorway tailgating is a major worry for most motorists but many admit to doing it themselves, according to a survey.

Of 1,000 drivers, a total of 57% owned up to leaving less than a two-second gap between themselves and the next vehicle, the research from road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found.

A total of 28% admitted to tailgating monthly or more often, with men being worse offenders than women.

Yet the poll also revealed that 95% of drivers worry about tailgating with 44% concerned every, or most, times they drive on a motorway.

The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly.

As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "Almost all drivers are concerned about the danger posed by other people tailgating on motorways, and yet a shockingly high proportion admit driving too close and speeding themselves.

"Traffic laws are not just for other people; all drivers can help make our motorways safer."

Rob Miles, director of motor trading at Direct Line, said: "Driving too closely to the car in front of you is asking for trouble. Drive too closely at speed and motorists risk not only their own life but other road users' lives too."

Simon Sheldon-Wilson, traffic management director for the Highways Agency, said: "Safety is our top priority and we are committed to continuing to reduce the number of people killed and seriously injured on our roads.

"Congestion on our roads is estimated to cost the economy £3 billion each year, and a quarter of this is caused by the 430,000 incidents we deal with annually.

"As many as 14% of casualties on our roads are caused by people tailgating. That's why we're reminding people to stay safe and keep at least a two-second gap from the car in front."

A Department for Transport spokesman said: "Speeding and tailgating intimidate other motorists and can cause accidents that cost lives.

"We take these issues very seriously and last year we increased the fines for speeding offences and introduced a new fixed-penalty offence to make it easier for police to target tailgating drivers."

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10:14am Thu 22 May 14

-trigg- says...

The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly.

As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly


When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels.
[quote]The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly. As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly[/quote] When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels. -trigg-
  • Score: 9

11:38am Thu 22 May 14

Abertillery29 says...

It is absolutely pointless putting legislation in place if it is not enforced.
It is absolutely pointless putting legislation in place if it is not enforced. Abertillery29
  • Score: 4

1:01pm Thu 22 May 14

Mike0408 says...

-trigg- wrote:
The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly.

As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly


When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels.
and if it does get changed (which i doubt it will) people will still go that little bit faster.

i admit, i also break the speed limit sometimes, i get it to 70, i try and keep it at that, but when you go down a small hill it does increase it to around 80 and because i am to busy looking at the road ahead, i barely notice, but even when you are at 70, a little bit of pressure on the accelerator and you go that extra 10 faster and you don't even realize, it is very easily done.

what i do have a problem with is those that go straight to the fast lane even if the middle lane is clear and go straight to 100+, speed up to someone and break at the last possible minute and get right up the teh back of the car in front, start flashing their light, sounding their horn and getting the car to move over, then going as fast as they can again.

i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is.
[quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: [quote]The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly. As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly[/quote] When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels.[/p][/quote]and if it does get changed (which i doubt it will) people will still go that little bit faster. i admit, i also break the speed limit sometimes, i get it to 70, i try and keep it at that, but when you go down a small hill it does increase it to around 80 and because i am to busy looking at the road ahead, i barely notice, but even when you are at 70, a little bit of pressure on the accelerator and you go that extra 10 faster and you don't even realize, it is very easily done. what i do have a problem with is those that go straight to the fast lane even if the middle lane is clear and go straight to 100+, speed up to someone and break at the last possible minute and get right up the teh back of the car in front, start flashing their light, sounding their horn and getting the car to move over, then going as fast as they can again. i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is. Mike0408
  • Score: 0

1:32pm Thu 22 May 14

displayed says...

"i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is."

All very logical, but the one thing drivers arent, when they get behind their weapon, (I mean vehicle) is logic.
They drive an act illogically, frequently putting themselves and other road users in danger!
They dont teach that in driving schools, its acquired behaviour...........
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"i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is." All very logical, but the one thing drivers arent, when they get behind their weapon, (I mean vehicle) is logic. They drive an act illogically, frequently putting themselves and other road users in danger! They dont teach that in driving schools, its acquired behaviour........... . displayed
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2:25pm Thu 22 May 14

-trigg- says...

Mike0408 wrote:
-trigg- wrote:
The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly. As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly
When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels.
and if it does get changed (which i doubt it will) people will still go that little bit faster. i admit, i also break the speed limit sometimes, i get it to 70, i try and keep it at that, but when you go down a small hill it does increase it to around 80 and because i am to busy looking at the road ahead, i barely notice, but even when you are at 70, a little bit of pressure on the accelerator and you go that extra 10 faster and you don't even realize, it is very easily done. what i do have a problem with is those that go straight to the fast lane even if the middle lane is clear and go straight to 100+, speed up to someone and break at the last possible minute and get right up the teh back of the car in front, start flashing their light, sounding their horn and getting the car to move over, then going as fast as they can again. i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is.
The problem drivers you mention are unlikely to change regardless of the set speed limit, however their impact may be reduced somewhat with an increased limit, since vehicles using the outside lane to overtake would theoretically be travelling faster.

Incidentally, I wouldn't expect any vehicle to remain on the outside lane if the inside lanes are clear, since these are intended purely for overtaking. There are laws and fines in place to punish both tailgating and lane-hogging, however these are not offences that can easily be captured by cameras and require an actual police presence on the road, which is an ever more rare sight these days. What is needed is less cameras and more constables.
[quote][p][bold]Mike0408[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]-trigg-[/bold] wrote: [quote]The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly. As many as 69% of men, and 53% of women, do 80mph or more on motorways, with 36% of men and 22% of women speeding regularly[/quote] When that many people are breaking a law on a consistent basis it is time to question whether that law should be changed. A motorway speed limit of 80 or even 90 mph in suitable conditions would seem appropriate, with variable limits in operation for poorer conditions and notorious blackspots such as the Brynglas tunnels.[/p][/quote]and if it does get changed (which i doubt it will) people will still go that little bit faster. i admit, i also break the speed limit sometimes, i get it to 70, i try and keep it at that, but when you go down a small hill it does increase it to around 80 and because i am to busy looking at the road ahead, i barely notice, but even when you are at 70, a little bit of pressure on the accelerator and you go that extra 10 faster and you don't even realize, it is very easily done. what i do have a problem with is those that go straight to the fast lane even if the middle lane is clear and go straight to 100+, speed up to someone and break at the last possible minute and get right up the teh back of the car in front, start flashing their light, sounding their horn and getting the car to move over, then going as fast as they can again. i think there should be more speed cameras in place to target those going 75-80+, but NOT to ticket them, but sending them on some sort of speed awareness course or if caught a few times have them RESIT their driving test on a motorway (if caught on the motorway) think it is the pass plus, if they continue to get caught then start fining them, start with a small fine and the more they get caught the more the fine is.[/p][/quote]The problem drivers you mention are unlikely to change regardless of the set speed limit, however their impact may be reduced somewhat with an increased limit, since vehicles using the outside lane to overtake would theoretically be travelling faster. Incidentally, I wouldn't expect any vehicle to remain on the outside lane if the inside lanes are clear, since these are intended purely for overtaking. There are laws and fines in place to punish both tailgating and lane-hogging, however these are not offences that can easily be captured by cameras and require an actual police presence on the road, which is an ever more rare sight these days. What is needed is less cameras and more constables. -trigg-
  • Score: 2

7:07pm Thu 22 May 14

bugsy93 says...

Tailgating,speeding or driving whilst using a mobile phone ? then you are breaking the law. Lack of discipline and stupidity behind the wheel should result in any innocent party suffering as a result of these offences, be compensated for loss, damages, injuries and any inconvenience caused by these anti social illegal driving habits.These morons think the law is for everyone else and not themselves.Automatic driving bans for these offences should be enforced to get the message across.
Tailgating,speeding or driving whilst using a mobile phone ? then you are breaking the law. Lack of discipline and stupidity behind the wheel should result in any innocent party suffering as a result of these offences, be compensated for loss, damages, injuries and any inconvenience caused by these anti social illegal driving habits.These morons think the law is for everyone else and not themselves.Automatic driving bans for these offences should be enforced to get the message across. bugsy93
  • Score: 3

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