A survey carried out by GEM Motoring Assist reveals that UK motorists believe tailgating is the most serious offence committed on a motorway – with 85% saying it causes highly dangerous situations.
Driving while using your mobile phone came second in the poll, with 66% agreeing it puts lives at serious risk. Nearly two thirds of respondents also believe that driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty is dangerous and should be more strictly enforced.
20% of those surveyed said that speeding should be more closely monitored and over half said that the national speed limit should actually be increased. Over half also said they would never want L drivers to be allowed to practice on motorways before their test, with 83% saying there should be a mandatory follow up test created to test motorway driving skills.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “Drivers need to make sure they are taking every precaution if they are planning to use a motorway and be fully aware of the dangers. We believe that bad motorway driving such as tailgating and driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty should definitely be more strictly enforced as it is this kind of careless driving that can lead to frustration, annoyance and possible accidents.”
The survey also showed that 73% of motorists would like to see more approved rest areas on motorways.
David Williams added: “Many people are unaware the Highway Code states that drivers must take a 15 minute break for every 2 hours of continuous driving. Taking a good amount of breaks whilst driving is one of the most important parts of a journey. The more tired you become the less able you are to concentrate and less likely to react quickly to certain situations.”
For more information contact David Williams on 01342 825676.