M27 "worst motorway in UK for tailgating"

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M27 "worst motorway in UK for tailgating"

First published in News

The M27 has been named as one of the worst tailgating blackspots in the country.

The westbound stretch of the M27 in Southampton betweens junctions 7 and 5, at Thornill and Southampton Airport respectively, was found to be the fifth worst in England.

Direct Line Car Insurance used traffic flow data from nearly 6,500 sites on the country's motorway network to compile the report.

Only four sections of road were found to be worse than the M27, including the M1 near Leeds, the M42 near Solihull, the M1 at Brent Cross, and the A1M at Leeming, North Yorkshire.

Rob Miles, a director of insurance at Direct Line, said: “All drivers have a responsibility to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and others on the road.

“Tailgating is extremely dangerous and also against the law, regardless of whether it's done intentionally or in ignorance.

“Often people can find themselves too close to other vehicles on motorways as they rush to their destinations or try to keep up with traffic flow.

"We'd urge drivers to keep their stopping distances in mind, as these are often forgotten in times of haste or frustration.”

Mr Miles said that motorists should allow a two-second gap, or 60 metres, between themselves and the car in front.

Police estimate that more than 1,700 injuries, or 15 per cent of all injury collisions, on Highways Agency roads are caused by close following.

This figure includes five fatalities a year, while those under 30 are responsible for 37 per cent of tailgating crashes.

Nationally the cost of these incidents is calculated to be between £79m and £129m a year, with a further national cost of between £4.2m and £12.6m due to congestion caused by tailgating collisions.

Vehicle flow data suggests that for vehicles travelling at between 60 and 69mph, 78 per cent had gaps that were calculated to be less than their stopping distance, and 54 per cent had gaps of less than half their stopping distance.

Statistics showed that 49 per cent of drivers allowed less than the recommended two seconds, with 17 per cent travelling less than one second apart.

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3:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Franks Tank says...

What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing?
Typical....
What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing? Typical.... Franks Tank
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3:45pm Thu 24 Jul 14

oldgiraffe says...

Franks Tank wrote:
What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing?
Typical....
Often see impatient people merging onto motorways,
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing? Typical....[/p][/quote]Often see impatient people merging onto motorways, oldgiraffe
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4:20pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BarrHumbug says...

Franks Tank wrote:
What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing?
Typical....
breaking the law, thats what they're doing!
[quote][p][bold]Franks Tank[/bold] wrote: What on Earth does the driver of the dark 4x4 think they are doing? Typical....[/p][/quote]breaking the law, thats what they're doing! BarrHumbug
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9:33pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Hessenford says...

Mr Miles said that motorists should allow a two-second gap, or 60 metres, between themselves and the car in front.
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I think Mr Miles is in cloud cuckoo land, there's not enough road in this country to leave a 180 foot gap between every vehicle.
Mr Miles said that motorists should allow a two-second gap, or 60 metres, between themselves and the car in front. . I think Mr Miles is in cloud cuckoo land, there's not enough road in this country to leave a 180 foot gap between every vehicle. Hessenford
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10:29pm Thu 24 Jul 14

BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth says...

And the reason is blindingly obvious, the M27 motorway through Hampshire eventually reaches Dorset where it converts to single carriageway roads, Dorset is in practical terms a pinch point for westbound traffic.
And the reason is blindingly obvious, the M27 motorway through Hampshire eventually reaches Dorset where it converts to single carriageway roads, Dorset is in practical terms a pinch point for westbound traffic. BigAlfromsunnyBournemouth
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