Tailgating was highlighted as one of the most common causes of van accidents, according to research by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles.
Neil Greig, director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, said, “Tailgating is the biggest single bugbear that motorway users in particular report. Surveys suggest almost half of drivers feel scared and get angry about it.”
Figures from the Department for Transport show ‘following too close’ is ranked ahead of speeding, drink-driving and poor weather conditions when it comes to triggering collisions, but still behind van drivers failing to look and incorrectly judging the speed of other vehicles.
Vans driving on A-roads are most susceptible to accidents with 55% of all tailgating incidents happening on these routes.
In the worst cases, tailgating can result in a driving ban or even a prison sentence if a serious collision occurs as a result.
As well as causing injuries, these accidents also force vans off the road and into van centres for costly repairs. Downtime costs fleets plenty, while car repair bills also shoot up.
Greig added, “Rear-end shunts simply cause massive hold ups and delay deliveries so it is in everyone’s interest that drivers follow the two second rule and leave a safe space in front of them.”