Reduce driving risks and increase your following distance

Written by Ellie

UK motorists are being urged to ensure they are helping to improve safety on the roads and are keeping a sufficient distance from vehicles ahead of them.

GEM Motoring Assist has published a series of top tips that can help drivers to cut the dangerous practice of tailgating from their bad habits behind the wheel. To tackle this problem, GEM suggests:

  • Follow the two-second rule on every journey
  • In wet weather, double this time to four seconds
  • Don't assume that newer cars have better brakes – stopping distances remain the same no matter the make and year of vehicle
  • Check your seating position to ensure you can quickly and firmly apply the brakes if needed
  • Look beyond the vehicle in front of you to anticipate the possibility of them braking
  • If you're concerned that someone is following too closely behind you, gradually slow down and allow them to overtake at a safe time

GEM road safety officer Neil Worth commented: "We know that some aggressive drivers deliberately choose a close-following position in an attempt to intimidate those in front of them.

"But we are also concerned about those who may follow too closely simply because they're not paying attention or they’re simply not aware of the space they would need to stop if anything went wrong ahead of them. They don't mean anyone else any harm, but they're still putting lives at risk."

Molly Benton, brand manager at Fuel Card Services, adds: "Tailgating is one of the biggest pet peeves of motorists up and down the country, so it pays for people to be aware of the best methods to tackle this problem, ensuring safer and less stressful journeys for all."

Posted on 7th June 2017

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