Drivers issued warning over 'two second' rule that could land you with £100 fine

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A simple 'two second' rule that many drivers could break could land you with a £100 fine and penalty points on your licence.

Ignoring the rules of the Highway Code can be detrimental to your safety and legality on the roads, reports the Express. The Code states that you should keep a distance of at least two seconds behind the vehicle in front of you - and breaking this is illegal.

Dubbed as tailgating, following a driver too close in front of you - typically to encourage them to get out of the way - is an annoying and inconsiderate thing, and also against the law.

By driving two closely to the car in front, you are being reckless and could end up causing a serious accident on the road should the person in front brake suddenly or skid due to road conditions.

Even if you don't cause an accident, tailgating could result in unexpected damage to the body of the car that is driving recklessly.

Graham Conway, Managing Director at Select Car Leasing, explained: "When you get too close to the car in front, you're not just driving dangerously, you're also scuppering your view of the road ahead.

"Your vision will be dominated by the rear end of the vehicle you're tailgating, and you'll have little to no visibility of the actual Tarmac in front of you."

He further explained: "And when a pothole does, inevitably, loom into view, a tailgater will have clonked over it before they've even seen it, potentially causing extensive damage to their vehicle.

"On the other hand, drivers who leave a good, healthy gap between themselves and the car in front will have a more extensive view of potential obstacles and are better equipped to take evasive action when they encounter a road crater."

The expert added: "It's perhaps a case of tailgaters getting their just desserts, as it's a poor driving habit that can have terrible consequences."