Monday, 10 June 2013

Tailgaters - How To Deal With Them

As an inexperienced young driver it can be all too easy to get upset by the tailgater sitting as close to the rear of your car as they can - believe me, we've all experienced and all dealt with it in our own way.

A lot of the time there is no right or wrong answer to dealing with them - hopefully the £100 police fines to be introduced in July 2013 will go some way to preventing foolish tailgating behaviour.

But it probably won't deter them completely - so what can you as a young driver to deal with a situation like this?

Well there are a number of solutions that drivers around the UK have come up with over the years - some right, some not so right. Here's our top suggestion:

Ease back - by easing off the gas and slowing down you can increase your forward safety gap - giving you more time to stop in an emergency. By doing this you're not only giving yourself more time but you are also giving the driver tailgating you more time to react. In addition - it allows them to overtake when it's safe to do so.

As annoying and as dangerous as tailgaters are you are far better off letting them pass you - at least that way you can take note of their car registration and report them to the police! Besides - it's safer for you and others in your car to have the dangerous driver in front - rather than right up your car's rear.

The most important thing to remember is to stay safe whilst your on the road - the last thing you want is an accident that results in injuries, damaged vehicles and a claim on your young drivers insurance.