High-speed tailgating 'is rising'

Dangerous motorway tailgating is on the rise, with male drivers the worst offenders, according to a survey.

A poll by road safety charity Brake uncovered that more than half (53%) of road users admit to regularly getting too close to the car in front on motorways - which is up from 49% in 2004.

The latest figures also show that male drivers are the worst culprits, with 61% admitting that they drive closely behind other motorists.

With petrol costs and car insurance premiums already rising across the board, this could concern motorway users who can little afford another expense if something goes wrong.

Just under half (46%) of women admit to tailgating on motorways, while 56% of inexperienced motorists also do it.

By contract, only 21% of older drivers feel the need to get so close to the car in front.

Road Safety Minister Mike Penning said: "The Government is committed to tackling reckless drivers who put lives at risk.

"That is why we are making it easier for the police to target those who tailgate or drive aggressively by making careless driving a fixed-penalty offence.

"The Department for Transport is carrying out work to assess the potential economic, safety and environmental impacts of increasing the national speed limit on motorways to 80mph."

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