Highways England hopes recently published footage will provide a ‘startling reminder’ about the dangers of driving too close to the vehicle in front.
The clip – captured on dashcam in a Highways England patrol vehicle on the M6 in Cheshire – shows several cars braking sharply and one being struck by a HGV as an unrelated incident unfolds up ahead.
The footage has been published as part of an ongoing campaign, which uses the well-known Space Invader video game character to alert drivers to the anti-social nature and risks of tailgating.
‘Don’t be a Space Invader’ was launched in September 2018 on the back of figures showing one in eight road casualties are caused by people who drive too close to the vehicle in front.
Drivers can find out more about tailgating and what they can do to stay safe on the campaign webpage.
Richard Leonard, Highways England’s head of road safety, said: “This footage is a startling reminder about the dangers of driving too closely to the vehicle in front.
“It clearly shows that 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.
“We also know that 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 get home safe and well.”