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The south-west accidents linked to tailgating

The south-west accidents linked to tailgating

Published by the Pirate FM News Team at 6:08pm 17th September 2018. (Updated at 7:47pm 17th September 2018)

Figures reveal the south-west has the lowest rate of casualties to do with tailgating in the country, but it was still almost 200 in a year.

Highways England has launched a new campaign to make people aware of the dangers of driving too close.

Statistics show tailgating was a contributing factor of 186 casualties in the South West in 2016.

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A survey by Highways England reveals that tailgating is the biggest single bugbear that drivers have about other road users.

The figures show that one in eight of all road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front, with more than 100 people killed or seriously injured in the country each year.

The in-car research - using dashcams, facial recognition, emotion tracking and heart monitors - reveals that a driver’s typical reaction to someone who tailgates them is surprise, anger and contempt, with a spike in heart rate.

“If you get too close to the car in front, you won’t be able to react and stop in time if they suddenly brake.

“Tailgating makes the driver in front feel targeted and victimised, distracting their attention from the road ahead and making them more likely to make a mistake.

“It is intimidating and frightening if you’re on the receiving end. If that leads to a collision, then people in both vehicles could end up seriously injured or killed. We want everyone to travel safely, so the advice is - stay safe, stay back.”

Richard Leonard, Head of Road Safety at Highways England

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