More than half of motorists drive too close to the vehicle in front on motorways, and the number is increasing, according to new research by Brake and Direct Line.
The research shows that 53% of drivers are taking this risk, which compares to 49% seven years ago. It also revealed that 30% of male drivers tailgate at least weekly, compared to 15% of women.
Brake says that the research adds weight to the argument against increasing the motorway speed limit, pointing out that at 80mph stopping distances are 27% greater than at 70mph.
Julie Townsend, Brake’s deputy chief executive, said: “Drivers who don’t keep their distance increase the risk of pile-ups, which can and do result in multiple deaths and injuries.
“We urge all drivers to realise the vital importance of the two second rule, and make a personal commitment to always stick to it. We are also appealing to the Government to ditch proposals to raise the motorway limit – the fact most drivers aren’t keeping their distance only adds to the case against this policy.
“Various researchers have predicted an 80mph limit will mean more lives cut short and more injuries, while arguments in favour simply don’t stand up to scrutiny.”
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