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Highways England Launches Campaign Against Tailgating

Posted in General News on Monday, September 17th, 2018

Statistics supplied by Highways England indicate that more than 100 people per year are killed or seriously injured on Britain’s roads as a result of tailgating. This means that one out of every eight deaths that happen on the country’s motorways and major A-roads occurs because a vehicle has been travelling to close to the one in front. Highways England believes that only a small amount of tailgating is deliberate and that the majority of drivers are simply unaware that they are driving dangerously and invading another car’s space. With this in mind, Highways England has launched a campaign called ‘Don’t be a Space Invader’ to try to tackle the problem. To support its campaign the agency used dashcams and heart rate monitors to anaylise drivers’ responses to being tailgated. Unsurprisingly, the data from this study showed that the general response was one of surprise, anguish, and increased heart rate. The former Formula 1 driver and current President of the road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, Nigel Mansell has reinforced the need for this by saying: “Tailgating is a driving habit I utterly deplore. Not only is it aggressive and intimidating, but it can lead to a crash with a tragic outcome.”  

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