Tailgating heads motorway concerns

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tailgating is the most serious offence committed on a motorway, a survey has revealed.

Driving while using a mobile phone was the second biggest cause for concern.

Only 20 per cent of respondents to the poll, carried out by breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist, thought speeding needed monitoring more closely.

A staggering 85 per cent of respondents said they thought tailgating caused dangerous situations, 66 per cent complained about phone users.

Over half of respondents said they supported moves to increase the motorway speed limit from 70mph to 80mph, which GEM Assist admitted was not the result it wanted.

GEM and other road safety organisations are strongly against the Government campaign to raise the motorway speed limit by this summer.

Learner drivers should never be allowed on motorways and, according to 83 per cent of respondents, there should be a mandatory follow-up test created to test motorway driving skills.

According to GEM the top 10 motorway dangers were:

1. Tailgating

2. Driving while using a mobile phone

3. Driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty

4. Changing lanes without adequate observations or signals

5. Driving on the hard shoulder to avoid traffic

6. Entering a motorway from a slip road without adequate observations or signals

7. Driving too slowly

8. Speeding

9. Use of the outside lane by LGV’s

10. Stopping on the hard shoulder when there is no emergency.

David Williams, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “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.

“It is shocking that a large number of motorists are in favour of raising the motorway speed limit as research shows that this would considerably increase the number of casualties, levels of carbon emissions and fuel consumption.”