Friday, 8 August 2014

Motorway tailgating blackspots topped by M1 near Leeds . . .


Motorway tailgating blackspots topped by M1 near Leeds

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Analysis of official data reveals the 10 worst stretches of motorway in England where motorists drive too close to the vehicle in front

The worst spots on the motorways for tailgating drivers have been disclosed by new research.

Analysis of Highways Agency data showed a section of the M1 at Leeds was the stretch of road with the highest incidence of tailgating - one of the most dangerous bad driving habits on the road.

The one-mile section which claimed the dubious record - the southbound carriageway at the very top of the M1 between the A1M and junction 47 - saw the largest number of drivers leaving less than a two second gap between their vehicle and the car in front, according to Direct Line car insurance which commissioned the research.

In second place was the northbound M42 between junctions six and seven at Solihull in the West Midlands, and third was at the M1 junction one northbound by Brent Cross, in north London, between the exit and the on-slip lane.

The study by the Transport Research Laboratory analysed Highways Agency figures from 6,500 sections of motorway in England.

In all, 49 per cent of vehicles were found to allow less than the recommended two second gap from the car in front - equivalent to 65 yards. The figure included 17 per cent of vehicles which were travelling less than one second apart.

Further analysis showed that among vehicles travelling at higher speeds - between 60mph and 69mph - nearly eight out of 10 drivers failed to leave long enough stopping distances from the vehicle in front.

The M42 claimed four of the top 10 places.

According to police data more than 1,700 injuries on motorways and dual carriageways are caused by “close following” each year, including around five deaths, according to the new report.

Official figures also indicate that younger drivers are most likely to be involved in accidents caused by tailgating, with around 37 per cent caused by under-30s.

Rob Miles, of Direct Line insurance, said: “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 destination 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.

“Drivers should aim to always have at least a two-second gap between themselves and the car in front to keep safe on the motorway and avoid facing the on-the-spot fines for tailgating that were introduced last year.”

The data was gathered over 18 days in March from nearly 6,500 Motor­way Inci­dent Detec­tion and Auto­mated Sig­nalling sites on the road system, which monitor traffic flow and speeds using induction loops placed in the road surface.

Top 10 spots for tailgating on motorways in England

1. M1 at A1M to J47 southbound, Leeds

2. M42 J6-7 northbound, Solihull

3. M1 inside J1 northbound, Brent Cross

4. A1M J51-50 southbound, Leeming, North Yorkshire

5. M27 J7-5 westbound, Southampton

6. M42 J6-5 southbound, Solihull

7. M42 J4-3A southbound Solihull/Redditch

8. M42 J7-6 southbound, NEC Birmingham

9. A627M between start and J1 northbound, Oldham/Rochdale

10. M11 inside J9 northbound, Bishops Stortford/Cambridge

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