Matthew said that fewer injuries should also be reflected in lower car insurance premiums: “If the crash doesn’t happen in the first place, there will be no painful whiplash injury, no compensation claim, and no chance of picking up a £100 penalty – it’s that simple,” he added.
“Ask yourself if driving close behind the vehicle in front is really going to get you to your destination any quicker. It’s not. It’s an utterly pointless thing to do.”
His comments came during Road Safety Week 2013 as reports suggest the UK will experience an exceptionally harsh winter.
“Stopping distances increase up to ten times on icy roads, further increasing the risk of a crash,” said Matthew. “The answer couldn’t be more straightforward – back off”.
National policing lead for roads policing, Chief Constable Suzette Davenport, said: “Tailgating is a dangerous activity which we are seeking to address. In doing so, we are working closely with key partners in the insurance and motoring industries.
Tailgating came top (41 per cent) in an online poll by APIL about which bad habits are most irritating to motorists. Tailgating was followed by: failing to indicate (33 per cent); driving too slowly (18 per cent); hogging the middle lane of the motorway (6 per cent); and parking outside of the lines (2 per cent).