A shocking new clip shows the dangers of driving too closely to another motorist in front of you on a motorway.
The clip, which was captured by one of the dashcams in a Highways England patrol vehicle on the M6 in Cheshire, showed the danger of travelling too close to another drive.
It reveals how dangerous it can be if you do not leave space in-between the cars in front of you.
The clips show several cars sharply braking causing a mass crash involving a HGV lorry.
Highways England has released the clip as part of its #staysafestayback campaign.
The group’s Head of Road Safety, Richard Leonard, said: “This footage is a startling reminder about the dangers of driving too closely to the vehicle in front.
“It clearly shows that if you get too close to the car in front, you won’t be able to react and stop in time if they suddenly brake.
“We also know that tailgating makes the driver in front feel targeted and victimised, distracting their attention from the road ahead and making them more likely to make a mistake.
“It is intimidating and frightening if you’re on the receiving end. If that leads to a collision, then people in both vehicles could end up seriously injured or killed. We want everyone to get home safe and well.”
The general advice for motorists is to leave a two-second gap between your vehicle and the vehicle in front and double that when the road surface is wet.
If you are tailgated, then avoid speeding up, slowing down or staring in the rear-view mirror.
Reduce the risk to yourself by driving normally, signalling clearly and allowing people to overtake. Drivers caught tailgating can be fined £100 and be given three penalty points.
Published at Tue, 26 Mar 2019 12:21:00 +0000