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30pc of drivers find tailgating distressing, according to a new survey from the road safety charity IAM RoadSmart

30pc of drivers find tailgating distressing, according to a new survey from the road safety charity IAM RoadSmart

30pc of drivers find tailgating distressing, according to a new survey from the road safety charity IAM RoadSmart

I’m not surprised that being followed too closely by other drivers – tailgating – distracts motorists most, according to new research.

It shows that one in three (30pc) drivers found it distressing and comes after separate research found it to be a factor in 12pc of crashes.

The latest survey, by independent road safety charity, IAM RoadSmart, shows that tailgating was closely followed by children or other passengers as distracting elements. And traffic is a third significant source of distraction.

IAM RoadSmart said figures reveal that far too many people are being left “scared, angry and frustrated by the aggressive and reckless behaviour of tailgaters”.

Travelling at 112kmh means you cover 62 metres every two seconds. That can take around 96 metres to stop.

An IAM Roadsmart expert said: “Whether it be from reckless behaviour from another road user, or even a screaming child, distractions while driving can come in many different forms. Drivers should always take control.” 

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