June 10, 2019

10 injuries a week caused by tailgating van drivers

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According to research by Volkswagen vans, tailgating is one of the primary causes of van accidents on UK roads, Vanman reveals all!

Tailgating van drivers

Tailgating has been highlighted as one of the most common causes of accidents involving vans on UK roads according to research conducted by Volkswagen vans. Figures from the Department for Transport show that ”following too close” ranks ahead of speeding, drink driving and poor weather conditions when it comes to the causes of collisions and is only behind van drivers failing to look and incorrectly judging the speed that other vehicles are travelling at.

In 2017 there were 4,256 accidents reported as vehicles ”following too close” causing 6,184 injuries including 19 fatalities, 8 percent of these cases involved vans, equal to ten injuries on a weekly basis.

Director of policy and research at IAM RoadSmart, Neil Greig commented on the findings by Volkswagen vans and gave some advice for those who are being tailgated:

”Tailgating is the biggest single bugbear that motorway users in particular report. Surveys suggest almost half of drivers feel scared and get angry about it. Keeping your distance means you can observe what is happening around and ahead of you much better and gives you time to react to the unexpected.

“Rear-end shunts simply cause massive hold ups and delay deliveries so it is in everyone’s interest that drivers follow the two second rule and leave a safe space in front of them. If the space gets filled simply create a new one – it will only add seconds to your journey and reduce your stress levels. If you are being tailgated never overreact as that will only inflame the situation; stay in control and let them pass.”

Vans driving on A-roads are most vulnerable to accidents with a staggering 55% of all tailgating incidents occurring on these roads. Those who are found guilty of tailgating face three penalty points and a £100. In the worst cases, it can result in a driving ban or even a prison sentence if it results in a serious collision.

These accidents not only cause injuries, but also force vans off the road for expensive repairs, with downtime costing van fleets an average of £550 per day per van, whilst UK car repair bills stand at £2,137 on average according to the Association of British Insurers.

These kind of accidents should be avoidable by sticking to the ”two second rule”. There is also technology available to reduce the risk of these accidents happening, with Volkswagen vans offering Autonomous Emergency Braking as standard on all of their new vans, with Adaptive Cruise Control available as an option on each model.

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