A section of the M27 was today named as one of England’s worst tailgating blackspots.
The westbound stretch between junctions 7 and 5 was declared fifth worst in a report compiled by Direct Line Car Insurance .
The company used traffic flow data from nearly 6,500 sites on the motorway network to produce its report.
It said that almost half (49 per cent) of all drivers allowed less than the recommended two-second gap from the vehicle in front, with 17 per cent travelling less than one second apart.
The statistics showed that for 78 of drivers travelling between 60 and 69 mph had gaps less than their calculated stopping distances.
Direct Line named its tailgating hotspots in England as:
1. M1 at A1M to J47 southbound, Leeds
2. M42 J6-7 northbound, Solihull
3. M1 within J1 northbound, Brent Cross
4. A1M J51-50 southbound, Leeming, North Yorkshire
5. M27 J7-5 westbound, Southampton
6. M42 J6-5 southbound, Solihull
7. M42 J4-3A southbound, Solihull/Redditch
8. M42 J7-6 southbound, NEC Birmingham
9. A627M between start & J1 northbound, Oldham/Rochdale
10. M11 within J9 northbound, Bishops Stortford/Cambridge.
Rob Miles, director of car 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 destination 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. Drivers should aim to always have at least a two-second gap – over 60 metres – between themselves and the car in front to keep safe on the motorway and avoid facing the on-the-spot fines for tailgating that were introduced last year.’