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Road Safety – Tailgating

Tailgating is one of my major bugbears. Every time I drive I see it happening and it seems to be occurring more and more frequently.

As an Advanced Driver (I passed my IAM test back in 2006), it is something that I would very much like to a lot less off.

Drivers may think that their car has good brakes and will stop in time.

The question is, how much space should you leave between yourself and the car in front?

“The Highway Code says you should ‘allow at least a two second gap between you and the vehicle in front on roads carrying faster moving traffic’. The two seconds are made up of the time needed for thinking and stopping. And when it’s raining you need to at least double that gap.” (NationalHighways.co.uk) How do you measure this two second gap. If you pick a marker at the side of the road, such as a traffic sign, or a lamp post, and if you can say “Only a fool brakes the two second rule” between the car in front passing and you passing the same marker. Watch the video below:-

So what should you do if you are in front of someone who is tailgating? Good advise from a driving instructor in this link – it tells you what not to do and why people do tailgate.

The main point of this post is that tailgating is illegal and very dangerous. Do not tailgate the car in front – it will save your braking effort, so reduce the amount of wear and tear on your vehicle.

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