Direct Line names M27 motorway as among worst roads in the country for tailgating

Motorway named among worst for tailgating in country

Motorway named among worst for tailgating in country

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A HAMPSHIRE motorway has been named as one of the worst tailgating blackspots in the country.

The westbound stretch of the M27 in Southampton betweens junctions 7 and 5, at Thornill and Southampton Airport respectively, was found to be the fifth worst in England.

Direct Line Car Insurance used traffic flow data from nearly 6,500 sites on the country's motorway network to compile the report.

Only four sections of road were found to be worse than the M27, including the M1 near Leeds, the M42 near Solihull, the M1 at Brent Cross, and the A1M at Leeming, North Yorkshire.

Rob Miles, a director of insurance at Direct Line, said: “All drivers have a responsibility to keep a safe distance between their vehicle and others on the road.

“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 destinations 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.”

Mr Miles said that motorists should allow a two-second gap, or 60 metres, between themselves and the car in front.

Police estimate that more than 1,700 injuries, or 15 per cent of all injury collisions, on Highways Agency roads are caused by close following.

This figure includes five fatalities a year, while those under 30 are responsible for 37 per cent of tailgating crashes.

Nationally the cost of these incidents is calculated to be between £79m and £129m a year, with a further national cost of between £4.2m and £12.6m due to congestion caused by tailgating collisions.

Vehicle flow data suggests that for vehicles travelling at between 60 and 69mph, 78 per cent had gaps that were calculated to be less than their stopping distance, and 54 per cent had gaps of less than half their stopping distance.

Statistics showed that 49 per cent of drivers allowed less than the recommended two seconds, with 17 per cent travelling less than one second apart.

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12:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Jonny7oma says...

Ah tailgating.... it's against the law yet when did you last see someone stopped for it? It's several things but mainly it's hugely disrespectful to your fellow drivers. I commute from Southampton to Farnborough and back every day. My journey enjoyment is determined by how many times I've been tailgated. once or twice is a good journey for goodness sake. The ultimate anti tailgate car accessory - remote boot release lever with an instantly inflatable gunman popping up aiming rearwards. That should make it difficult to drive with their pants full of poo, let alone tailgate.
Ah tailgating.... it's against the law yet when did you last see someone stopped for it? It's several things but mainly it's hugely disrespectful to your fellow drivers. I commute from Southampton to Farnborough and back every day. My journey enjoyment is determined by how many times I've been tailgated. once or twice is a good journey for goodness sake. The ultimate anti tailgate car accessory - remote boot release lever with an instantly inflatable gunman popping up aiming rearwards. That should make it difficult to drive with their pants full of poo, let alone tailgate. Jonny7oma
  • Score: 17

12:57pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Barney123 says...

I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides.

From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish!
I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides. From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish! Barney123
  • Score: 15

1:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Crazywolf says...

One thing to ask - were they specifically counting tailgating apart from other characteristics, or just drivers driving too close generally? This is usually a symptom of the road having more vehicles on it than it can handle. Certainly that part of the M27 is very busy.....
One thing to ask - were they specifically counting tailgating apart from other characteristics, or just drivers driving too close generally? This is usually a symptom of the road having more vehicles on it than it can handle. Certainly that part of the M27 is very busy..... Crazywolf
  • Score: 12

1:28pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Positively4thStreet says...

Whenever you try and maintain distance between yourself and the car in front,some numpty always drives into it.
I've lost count of the number of selfish idiots who overtake dangerously on single lane carriageways,and who then sit stupidly one place in front,when I pull up behind them stopped at traffic lights and roundabouts.Have they got a death wish or something?
Whenever you try and maintain distance between yourself and the car in front,some numpty always drives into it. I've lost count of the number of selfish idiots who overtake dangerously on single lane carriageways,and who then sit stupidly one place in front,when I pull up behind them stopped at traffic lights and roundabouts.Have they got a death wish or something? Positively4thStreet
  • Score: 23

2:10pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Higginz says...

Nothing like the sound of locked wheels skidding, the smell of burning tyre, the sight of rubber-smoke, the intense embarassment in front of a number of strangers and the stomach-knotting adrenalin-fuelled sickness of a near miss to make you realise how long (time and distance) it takes to notice, react and brake for an emergency.
I learnt this lesson on the M3 when I was 20 and am quite thankful for the eye-opening experience.
That's it, nothing else.
Nothing like the sound of locked wheels skidding, the smell of burning tyre, the sight of rubber-smoke, the intense embarassment in front of a number of strangers and the stomach-knotting adrenalin-fuelled sickness of a near miss to make you realise how long (time and distance) it takes to notice, react and brake for an emergency. I learnt this lesson on the M3 when I was 20 and am quite thankful for the eye-opening experience. That's it, nothing else. Higginz
  • Score: 10

4:23pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Mary80 says...

I get driven up that motorway a lot and the times we've been tailgated i've lost count, i now look back with a stern glare to give them the hint and yet once an utter twonk flipped me off, a 30 year old man flipping off 2 women yeah classy as always Southampton. Glad to be leaving
I get driven up that motorway a lot and the times we've been tailgated i've lost count, i now look back with a stern glare to give them the hint and yet once an utter twonk flipped me off, a 30 year old man flipping off 2 women yeah classy as always Southampton. Glad to be leaving Mary80
  • Score: 0

4:24pm Thu 24 Jul 14

SilvanDryad says...

Slow news day? Everyone who has driven on the M27 already knows this!
Slow news day? Everyone who has driven on the M27 already knows this! SilvanDryad
  • Score: 0

4:30pm Thu 24 Jul 14

mickey01 says...

Jonny7oma wrote:
Ah tailgating.... it's against the law yet when did you last see someone stopped for it? It's several things but mainly it's hugely disrespectful to your fellow drivers. I commute from Southampton to Farnborough and back every day. My journey enjoyment is determined by how many times I've been tailgated. once or twice is a good journey for goodness sake. The ultimate anti tailgate car accessory - remote boot release lever with an instantly inflatable gunman popping up aiming rearwards. That should make it difficult to drive with their pants full of poo, let alone tailgate.
The same goes for middle lane hogging ! i travel from southampton to portsmouth and back everyday and can do about 60 plus in the inside lane most of the journey yet you get some numpties doing 55-60 in the middle lane and that is where the hogging comes from as they just wont get to the inside lane and has anybody been done for that either i dont think so
[quote][p][bold]Jonny7oma[/bold] wrote: Ah tailgating.... it's against the law yet when did you last see someone stopped for it? It's several things but mainly it's hugely disrespectful to your fellow drivers. I commute from Southampton to Farnborough and back every day. My journey enjoyment is determined by how many times I've been tailgated. once or twice is a good journey for goodness sake. The ultimate anti tailgate car accessory - remote boot release lever with an instantly inflatable gunman popping up aiming rearwards. That should make it difficult to drive with their pants full of poo, let alone tailgate.[/p][/quote]The same goes for middle lane hogging ! i travel from southampton to portsmouth and back everyday and can do about 60 plus in the inside lane most of the journey yet you get some numpties doing 55-60 in the middle lane and that is where the hogging comes from as they just wont get to the inside lane and has anybody been done for that either i dont think so mickey01
  • Score: 4

6:05pm Thu 24 Jul 14

good-gosh says...

The thing about tailgating – the trailing car WILL ALWAYS hit a lead car if it the lead car brakes. That an absolute certainty – no exceptions.
The thing about tailgating – the trailing car WILL ALWAYS hit a lead car if it the lead car brakes. That an absolute certainty – no exceptions. good-gosh
  • Score: 0

6:07pm Thu 24 Jul 14

baldcoot says...

Barney123 wrote:
I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides.

From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish!
Couldn't agree more. I drive that stretch of motorway 8 times a day and the middle lane hoggers are an endless pain in the ****.often doing 55-60 mph with no consideration for anyone and police just overtake them and do nothing.
[quote][p][bold]Barney123[/bold] wrote: I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides. From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish![/p][/quote]Couldn't agree more. I drive that stretch of motorway 8 times a day and the middle lane hoggers are an endless pain in the ****.often doing 55-60 mph with no consideration for anyone and police just overtake them and do nothing. baldcoot
  • Score: 6

6:12pm Thu 24 Jul 14

baldcoot says...

Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement.
Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement. baldcoot
  • Score: 6

6:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Niel says...

Barney123 wrote:
I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides.

From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish!
'Interpeak' i.e. those who have retired and need to update their driving? If thats what you mean I agree entirely, I commute during the rush hours and hate having to do so after 9am and before 4pm due to the drivers who really don't know how to use a motorway properly. If the Police were to be more active and pull some of them they might also get more DIC/DD arrests, as that's the age group that I've seen drinking the most in their golf clubs and the like...
[quote][p][bold]Barney123[/bold] wrote: I understand that tailgating is an anti-social driving habit, but in some cases there are reasons for it - such as poor lane discipline and driving without consideration of other drivers and the road conditions - on BOTH sides. From what I have seen recently, moves to make 'middle lane hogging' illegal hasn't filtered through to the majority of drivers, who seem to drive in bunches up and down the the highway network. It also seems unsurprising the worst culprits of these are the "interpeak" drivers - read into that as you wish![/p][/quote]'Interpeak' i.e. those who have retired and need to update their driving? If thats what you mean I agree entirely, I commute during the rush hours and hate having to do so after 9am and before 4pm due to the drivers who really don't know how to use a motorway properly. If the Police were to be more active and pull some of them they might also get more DIC/DD arrests, as that's the age group that I've seen drinking the most in their golf clubs and the like... Niel
  • Score: 0

7:34pm Thu 24 Jul 14

lloydydoydy says...

I drive this route regularly, several times a day all through the week and I'm constantly amazed at how many times people's brake lights go on. A good driver should always keep enough distance from the vehicle in front to be able to read any hazardous situation and DECELERATE simply by taking his/her foot off the accelerator pedal and reduce speed slowly. Good drivers don't cause accidents..........o
nly idiot drivers !
I drive this route regularly, several times a day all through the week and I'm constantly amazed at how many times people's brake lights go on. A good driver should always keep enough distance from the vehicle in front to be able to read any hazardous situation and DECELERATE simply by taking his/her foot off the accelerator pedal and reduce speed slowly. Good drivers don't cause accidents..........o nly idiot drivers ! lloydydoydy
  • Score: 4

7:42pm Thu 24 Jul 14

acid drop says...

baldcoot wrote:
Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement.
Ok so maybe this bit of road is outdated but that is no excuse for bad driving, I came along that stretch this afternoon and saw a nob In a little Peugeot convertible tailgating a 4X4 pick up in the center lane if the 4x4 had braked in an emergency the Peugeot could well slid underneath it with catastrophic results
[quote][p][bold]baldcoot[/bold] wrote: Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement.[/p][/quote]Ok so maybe this bit of road is outdated but that is no excuse for bad driving, I came along that stretch this afternoon and saw a nob In a little Peugeot convertible tailgating a 4X4 pick up in the center lane if the 4x4 had braked in an emergency the Peugeot could well slid underneath it with catastrophic results acid drop
  • Score: 2

8:04pm Thu 24 Jul 14

baldcoot says...

acid drop wrote:
baldcoot wrote:
Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement.
Ok so maybe this bit of road is outdated but that is no excuse for bad driving, I came along that stretch this afternoon and saw a nob In a little Peugeot convertible tailgating a 4X4 pick up in the center lane if the 4x4 had braked in an emergency the Peugeot could well slid underneath it with catastrophic results
Did you also see the center lane hoggers that Hampshire highways police tend to ignore? Yes there are too many idiots but I know many of the idiots are driving the way they do because of the self centered people showing a complete lack of any thought to anyone other than themselves.
[quote][p][bold]acid drop[/bold] wrote: [quote][p][bold]baldcoot[/bold] wrote: Maybe Hampshire County council should review the fact that this stretch of road is outdated and junction 6 the Eastleigh bypass is still non existent. 10's of thousands more people living in this area and still the lack of any road improvement.[/p][/quote]Ok so maybe this bit of road is outdated but that is no excuse for bad driving, I came along that stretch this afternoon and saw a nob In a little Peugeot convertible tailgating a 4X4 pick up in the center lane if the 4x4 had braked in an emergency the Peugeot could well slid underneath it with catastrophic results[/p][/quote]Did you also see the center lane hoggers that Hampshire highways police tend to ignore? Yes there are too many idiots but I know many of the idiots are driving the way they do because of the self centered people showing a complete lack of any thought to anyone other than themselves. baldcoot
  • Score: 2

9:37pm Thu 24 Jul 14

red/whitearmy says...

Simple answer , STOP SPEEDING THEN. Motorway is only 70 in all lanes. Not 80/90 like some drivers. I dont bother leaving gaps any more as some **** always pulls into it before slamming on there brakes , then looks at me cos im too close. to there car.
Simple answer , STOP SPEEDING THEN. Motorway is only 70 in all lanes. Not 80/90 like some drivers. I dont bother leaving gaps any more as some **** always pulls into it before slamming on there brakes , then looks at me cos im too close. to there car. red/whitearmy
  • Score: 1

9:51pm Thu 24 Jul 14

good-gosh says...

The reluctance to leave the recommended 2 sec gap (200 ft at 70mph) is said to be due to concern that others will cut in. Well, they will cut in, and at 70mph, it causes a loss of 100 ft of clear road ahead - but that is only 1sec of travel time – hardly worth fretting about. Just drop back and wait, they will soon pull out again and clear off, leaving the road free again
The reluctance to leave the recommended 2 sec gap (200 ft at 70mph) is said to be due to concern that others will cut in. Well, they will cut in, and at 70mph, it causes a loss of 100 ft of clear road ahead - but that is only 1sec of travel time – hardly worth fretting about. Just drop back and wait, they will soon pull out again and clear off, leaving the road free again good-gosh
  • Score: 1

10:49pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Micle1974 says...

This is because it's usually bumper to bumper with crawling traffic!!!!

The m27 between J5 Airport and J 8 Bursledon needs an upgrade.

Also the traffic lights at thornhill park road cause massive tail backs onto the m27 slip road!
This is because it's usually bumper to bumper with crawling traffic!!!! The m27 between J5 Airport and J 8 Bursledon needs an upgrade. Also the traffic lights at thornhill park road cause massive tail backs onto the m27 slip road! Micle1974
  • Score: -3

10:53pm Thu 24 Jul 14

Poppy22 says...

Or did they just take the statistics from photographic evidence and the cars were actually stationery, as is so often the case on the M27??!!
Or did they just take the statistics from photographic evidence and the cars were actually stationery, as is so often the case on the M27??!! Poppy22
  • Score: 0

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