New campaign targets tailgating and lane hogging

National Highways has launched a new campaign to raise awareness of tailgating and middle lane hogging.

This comes after research has revealed that 32% of drivers admitted to lane hogging while 23% said they had driven too close to the vehicle in front of them.

The survey of 2,500 adults also found that 67% said tailgating is a serious problem with 73% admitting if they did it themselves it would increase the likelihood of an accident.

National Highways director of Road Safety Sheena Hague said: “Bad habits can make driving on our motorways a challenging experience, as those who lane hog or tailgate frustrate other drivers and make them feel unsafe. Both are dangerous and can cause accidents.

“Our campaign aims to motivate motorists to embrace little changes, which will have an overall positive effect on both them and their fellow road users, reduce congestion and keep traffic flowing.”

RAC road safety spokesperson Rod Dennis said: “Simply put, middle lane hogging and tailgating are far more than mere annoyances for drivers – these actions put everyone on the roads at risk. Some offenders might find these habits hard to kick, which is why this campaign is so important. By understanding how we choose to drive affects others, we can each make a real difference to the safety of our roads.”