Van Drivers Are Causing Ten Injuries A WEEK By Tailgating

Van Drivers Are Causing Ten Injuries A Week By Tailgating

Tailgating van drivers are causing a staggering ten injuries a week; making it one of the most common causes of van accidents in the country.  

Damning Figures

Van drivers are more likely to cause an accident by tailgating than speeding. That’s according to new research conducted by Volkswagen Commercial Vehicles. Using data from the Department of Transport, it found that “driving too closely” was cited more often than poor weather conditions and even drink driving. Only failing to look properly and misjudging a vehicle’s speed came out as being more likely to cause accidents.

In 2017, there were 4,256 accidents classified as being caused by “driving too closely.” These caused 6,184 injuries and 19 fatalities. Eight percent of all of these involved a light commercial vehicle; which translated to ten injuries a week. For van drivers, most of these accidents take place on A-roads. Some 55% of all tailgating-related accidents take place on them. As it stands, drivers face fines of £100 and three penalty points for tailgating. Although the most serious cases can lead to driving bans. In addition to injuries, these accidents mean eye-watering repair bills for fleets. Downtime costs fleets £550 a day per van. That’s on top of an average repair bill of £2,137.


What’s most important is that the vast majority of these accidents are entirely avoidable. Simple defensive driving, and the ‘two second rule’, can help to keep van drivers and other road-users safe. It’s important for fleets to educate their drivers as to the risks posed by tailgating and the potential repercussions. For the driver being tailgated, the behaviour can be intimidating; causing them, themselves, to drive erratically.

The Director of Policy and Research at IAM RoadSmart, Neil Grieg, has highlighted how despised tailgating really is. He said, “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.” He added, “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.”

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