‘Tailgating’ on the rise, says easytrip

Most of us are guilty of sometimes driving too close to the car in front – intentionally or not – however the dangerous practice of ‘tailgating’ has become more common than ever on Irish roads.

A survey by motoring solutions specialist easytrip has found that more than 79% of motorists have been the victim of tailgating in the last year, with almost 40% of those experiencing it on a weekly basis.

Although being tailgated is a stressful sensation, 30% of survey respondents say they ignore it when it happens. Other drivers deal with it in different ways, including:

  • Pulling over or where possible changing lanes (37%)
  • Using brake lights to encourage the driver to back off (27%)
  • Speeding up (5%)

Meanwhile, three out of 10 of those surveyed admitted tailgating other motorists over the last 12 months, citing that the driver in front was ‘driving too slowly’ as the main reason for doing so.

The easytrip survey also found that we are a nation of angry drivers, with more than 42% of respondents admitting to using aggressive tactics in a bid to get other motorists to move aside, including:

  • Flashing lights (90%)
  • Beeping (24%)
  • Hand gestures (5%)

“Tailgating is incredibly dangerous and has often been linked to pile-ups, especially on motorways where traffic is moving at a fast and steady pace