Drivers risking fines by ignoring simple 'two second' rule

UK drivers are told to keep a 'two second' gap between themselves and the motor in front - or risk running into trouble.
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Tailgating, the act of a reckless driver following another vehicle too closely, often to pressure them to move out of the way or simply to be disruptive and irritating, is a common issue on our roads. Tailgating is also dangerous and could lead to significant damage to both vehicles involved in the event of an accident.

The Highway Code states drivers should maintain a minimum distance of two seconds from the vehicle in front. Graham Conway, managing director of Select Car Leasing, said: "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 clarified: "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, reports the Express.

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

National Highways has issued a warning that tailgating is responsible for one in eight casualties on England's motorways and major A roads. Additionally, it is categorised as an offence under "driving without due care and attention", carrying a minimum fine of £100 and penalty points. In more severe instances, offenders could be hit with larger fines and may even be summoned to court.