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20 July 2006

Driving safely

In contrast to my usual relaxed drive to work I was on the motorway today. Tailgaiting seems to have got worse. It's not enough to be safely passing someone and doing the speed limit, no the person behind you wanting to do 90mph seems to think that by driving 6 feet from your bumper you'll feel inclined to speed up and move out of the way. Actually it makes me feel the opposite.

Therefore in order to combat this threat to road safety, I suggest the following.

1. Take one of those devices that sit in a car rear window and measures distance to the nearest obstacle. You can get these for people who never learned to street park and it makes a sound when you get too close.

2. Hook up said device to your car speedometer

3. Have a remote control which will activate a camera that sits in your back window and records the time of the photo and combines this from the output from the distance measuring device thus recording your speed and the distance of the car behind you.

4. Taking one picture will automatically trigger another, say 30 seconds later, so you have evidence that the person was dangerously close for an unreasonable length of time.

5. Take said evidence to police and hassle your MP to encourage this to be admissable evidence.

6. Post number plate of offender on your favourite blog, together with photos. Particularly if it's a company car with a logo on the bonnet I'm sure the company will be interested to know that they employ dangerous drivers.

Well, that should put an end to tailgating. Any takers?


Anonymous said...

Why not just move out of the passing lane?

Craig Cockburn said...

I am in the passing lane because I am passing. Since I'm legally entitled to be there because I'm passing and I pull over as soon as I have finished passing, there is no excuse for people to dangerously tailgate because they want to speed excessively.

Anonymous said...

You seem to be having a really hard time understanding whats happening. I will try and make it very simple for you.

Drive your own vehicle.

Don't worry about what the guy behind you is doing, and especially don't waste so much time and effort mounting a camera in your car.

Someone like you should really just stick to the slow lane. It's safer for you, and safer for the other motorists.

Craig Cockburn said...

Hey, if I have to brake suddenly I don't want someone slamming into the back of me.

Besides, I've passed the Royal Society for the Prevention of Accidents advanced driving test. They taught me how to drive safely at speed.

It doesn't worry you that a third of accidents on motorways are caused by people driving too close? The driver in front might have a safe stopping distance but it's not much use if they get slammed by the lunatic from behind.

Anonymous said...

just flash up your own BACK OFF sign via


Anonymous said...

Dontr any of you tailgaters ever read the highway code??? ^ feet at 700 mph is leathal and shows no respect for other road users.

I object to this selfish get out of my way attitude. I have experienced tailgating in heavy traffic when I cannot move into the slower lane, and when I cannot go any faster because there are other cars in front of me. Why should I give up my position in a queue?? I fully support all measures to bring these dangerous drivers to justice.

lyonzy said...

6 feet? Try half a foot! Then try not worrying!
I was driving in the passing lane of a two lane highway once and the driver behind me was doing just that. And then he tried to run me off the road when I moved out of the passing lane! AARGH!
It would have been PERFECT timing for a 'whoop-whoop' of an unmarked police car who'd seen it all.

My advice: (at least in Australia) call the police (000 or 911) and I've been told they'll go catch him. Make sure you get his numberplate. Or possibly better still, if he's in a company car, call his company. He'll get a call in anywhere from 10 minutes to a day telling him to see his boss. Perfect revenge.

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