Tailgating top M-way offence: study

A survey of the worst motorway offences has put tailgating at the top of the list.

The study of dangerous driving habits is likely to remind motorists of the importance of comprehensivecar insurance.

Drivers think use of mobile phones is just behind tailgating in second place, as 66% agree it would seriously risk lives. Nearly two-thirds reckon it is dangerous to use the middle lane when the left hand one is empty, and use of the inner lane should be more strictly enforced.

The survey also revealed that a fifth (20%) of drivers want closer speed monitoring, with more than half urging an increase in the national speed limit. This is not the result road safety group GEM, which carried out the study, wanted to hear, as it and other road safety organisations oppose the Government campaign to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph by the summer.

More than half of the experienced motorists surveyed would never want learner drivers to be allowed to practice on motorways, with 83% saying there should be a mandatory follow-up test for trials of motorway skills.

Top 10 Motorway Dangers:

:: Tailgating

:: Driving while using a mobile phone

:: Driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty

:: Changing lanes without adequate observations or signals

:: Driving on the hard shoulder to avoid traffic

:: Entering a motorway from a slip road without adequate observations or signals

:: Driving too slowly

:: Speeding

:: Use of the outside lane by LGVs

:: Stopping on the hard shoulder when there is no emergency

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