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Tailgaters

Updated on March 14, 2015

Hands up who has been overtaking a vehicle on the motorway, only to have some idiot drive right up behind you and try to bully you into pulling over, even though you are doing the speed limit and clearly performing an overtaking manoeuvre. Anyone?


Hands up if you more often that not, you look in the rear view mirror and find that the idiot behind is driving a BMW. Anyone?


Well, I can’t say that it's a BMW every time, but more often than not it seems to be their car of choice.


Why is this?


Do they feel that their cars have magic brakes on them that will stop them in an instant should a problem occur in front, or do they just feel that because they are at liberty to drive such a 'premium' vehicle, then all the ‘poor people’ in their family cars should not even dare to move into the fast lane, and are a complete pain in their very important lives.


As many people here in the UK know, and indeed in most countries, most cars drive too close to the vehicle in front. Described as tailgating here, these drivers think that the car in front will never ever have to stop suddenly. Even cars that display ‘Child on Board’ doesn't preterb them. Now you have to ask yourself why these people are doing this, when clearly should the car in front have to slam on the anchors, they would simply plough into the back of them? We have all been held up in a jam, only to eventually get up the scene of the accident to find a long chain of cars all joined together, simply because they couldn’t stop in time.


I would call for these drivers, should they be caught, to get an instant ban. Everyone is taught the two second rule, in that when the car in front passes an object then it should take at least two seconds for you to reach it, but very few seem to follow it.

There has been a rise in dashboard mounted cameras in recent years, the only problem is they are generally facing forwards rather than at the imbecile behind. I for one will be investing in one for the front and rear.

These drivers know full well what they are doing, the sooner we clamp down, the better.


Do you think the police should clamp down on tailgaters?

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