UK drivers could be putting themselves at risk of landing a £100 and three penalty points for tailgating.
Tailgating is the term to describe when one motorists drivers too closely to the vehicle in front.
This is something that is used often on motorways to encourage the car in front to speed up or move out of the way.
Research revealed earlier this year by Confused.com suggested that it was a third of drivers were oblivious to the fact that you can be fined for tailgating.
It also revealed that 82 per cent of drivers had been a victim of tailgating and over a quarter of thee being targeted once a week.
New research from the Accident Advice Helpline has also revealed that it is one of the most loathed driving irritations on the road.
According to their research Tailgating was the most annoying thing for drivers on the road.
It was followed by drivers who don’t signal (72 per cent), People texting and driving (57 per cent), drivers who leave their full beams on (55%) and parking over two spaces (55 per cent).
David Carter from Accident Advice Helpline, who commissioned the study said to Newsletter: “It’s understandable for motorists to get frustrated but we are all guilty of causing danger to other road users when driving.
“It’s important to not let your emotions get the better of you when other motorists are driving dangerously, as this won’t always end well.”
Tailgating can be dangerous because it drastically reduces the stopping distance of the car perpetrating, which increases the likelihood of a collision.