‘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%)
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