Millions of motorists are making a dangerous mistake on motorways across the country in the UK in a response to dangerous drivers.
Motorists are being provoked by the annoying habits of other road users and in turn, are making these ‘very dangerous’ decisions.
The biggest offence that is provoking motorists the most is tailgating.
A study for Kwik Fit shows that 89 per cent of drivers say they find tailgating by other drivers either very or moderately annoying, second only to dangerous overtaking (92 per cent), and three quarters (75 per cent) would take action in response to a car following too closely.
The most typical reponses that motorists are having to tailgaters is to slow down to leave a larger gap between them and the vehicle in front to coax the offender into doing the same.
However, a large proportion of drivers are taking more drastic measure to try and stop people tailgating.
Over a third (34 per cent) of drivers, 13.9 million licence holders said they would dab their brakes to make their brake lights come on.
One in ten would brake sharply to force them to stop and eight per cent flick their fog lights on to give the impression they are stopping.
All of these methods carry significant risks with them for both sets of drivers.
It could cause a ‘ripple effect’ concertina if the tailgater reacts aggressively and brakes sharply causing a queue of other drivers to rear-end the one in front.
A third of UK motorists admit to reacting to tailgaters which means millions could be at risk.
Roger Griggs, communications director at Kwik Fit, said: “The accident statistics show very clearly that many road casualties are caused by cars following too closely.
“This research highlights that the danger doesn’t just come from tailgaters not being able to stop in time, but from the negative reactions they cause in other drivers.
“Brake testing a car which is far too close can be very tempting for drivers, either by dabbing the brakes to flash the brake lights, or by actually braking hard, but this can be very dangerous.
“The safest approach when encountering tailgaters is to drive normally, signal clearly and pull over when it’s safe to do so to allow them to overtake.
“Getting drawn into tit for tat behaviour is a no-win situation and only makes driving much more stressful than it needs to be.”
Published at Mon, 03 Dec 2018 11:56:00 +0000