‘A menace and a danger!’ Older drivers express anger at tailgating by youngsters

Dr Hilary discusses the risks for older drivers

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After Express.co.uk reported on a recent poll showing that drivers aged 18-24 are twice as likely to tailgate than other road users, readers flocked to comment on what they perceive as consistently dangerous driving from the younger road-going community.

The poll showed 63 percent of the younger age bracket admitted to tailgating, more than double the rate of all the other age groups.

That compared to just 19 percent of drivers above the age of 65 who admitted to breaking the driving law.

The research from BookMyGarage suggested at least 13 million UK drivers have tailgated at some point.

And with the winter months the most dangerous for driving on UK roads, commenters were united in their anger at the irresponsible actions.

Express.co.uk user broadbeans wrote: “A lot of young drivers are a menace and a danger to other drivers.

“They have scant regard for anyone but themselves. Their cars are more often than not, not taxed or insured. They should be BANNED FOR LIFE.”

And Bazra added: “You don’t need to be a Genius to realise who are most likely to have an accident, or to kill, or be killed in a serious accident.

“It is those aged between 17 and 30, that’s why their insurance is over four times as expensive as mine is.”

“There is no ‘maybe’ about it,” added Paphian. “The accident and conviction statistics speak for themselves.”

Meanwhile slowho commented on road manners in general, writing: “Older or younger, it’s like war on the roads today.

“Long gone are the times when drivers would give way and help each other.

“Always at junctions driving nose to tail to stop other traffic turning.”

Longandwet had some sympathy for those surveyed, writing: “…it’s not all old people, it’s all people. Inexperience and stupidity are the main cause.

“Anyone who’s been in an accident that’s their fault should be assessed not some old duffer just because you don’t like them being old and on the road.”

Burstone274 was in agreement, saying: “As with most skills experience improves ability. NOT Age alone; but experience. i.e. mileage done.

“People who average over 25,000 miles per annum such as sales people and delivery drivers etc. gain experience every year and maintain their reaction times. People who do not do a high mileage will be much more affected by old age than those that drive a lot throughout their lives.”

The RAC has urged drivers to look for certain “tell-tale signs” to avoid being tailgated, saying: “Always be aware of your position on the road and who is around you.

“If you’re pulling on to a motorway, observe which vehicles are keeping a safe distance from the car in front.

“If you can see a motorist driving too close to the car in front – remember them and don’t be tempted to pull out in front of them at a later stage.

“Never pull out into a gap that’s too small or if a car is quickly approaching the space.”

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