Motorway madness

UK motorists believe that tailgating is the most serious offence committed on a motorway a recent survey shows.

The research by breakdown and road safety organisation GEM Motoring Assist reveals that 85 per cent of motorists think that driving closely behind another car on the motorway causes highly dangerous situations.

Driving whilst using your mobile phone came in a close second with 66 per cent agreeing that it would put lives at serious risk. Nearly two thirds of people believe that driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty is dangerous and should be more strictly enforced.

However, only 20 per cent of those surveyed said that speeding should be more closely monitored and over half of drivers surveyed went as far as to say that the national speed limit should actually be increased.

There is a government campaign in place to raise the motorway speed limit to 80mph by this summer.

Half of those surveyed would never want learner drivers to be allowed to practice on motorways with 83 per cent saying there should be a mandatory follow up test created to test motorway driving skills.

The survey suggests that the top 10 Motorway Dangers are:

1. Tailgating
2. Driving whilst using a mobile phone
3. Driving in the middle lane when the left hand lane is empty
4. Changing lanes without adequate observations or signals
5. Driving on the hard shoulder to avoid traffic
6. Entering a motorway from a slip road without adequate observations or signals
7. Driving too slowly
8. Speeding
9. Use of the outside lane by LGV’s
10. Stopping on the hard shoulder when there is no emergency

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