Video: One good reason not to tailgate

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Careless driving is prevalent wherever you may be in the world – whether it's being cut up by lunatics in Italy or refused right of way at a T-junction in France, there's just no escaping poor driving skills.

The issue of tailgating and poor lane discipline reached such a level in this country that the government stepped in, and as of August 16 2013 police were given powers to issue on-the-spot fines to careless drivers.

Tailgating is particularly problematic as road safety minister Stephen Hammond pointed out: "This sort of behaviour puts innocent people's lives at risk – that is why we have made it easier for the police to tackle problem drivers by allowing them to immediately issue a fixed penalty notice for low level offending rather than taking these offenders to court."

But we know many of you will argue that the surfeit of middle-lane hoggers in this country prompts tailgating behaviour as it is sometimes the only way to let other drivers know you want to get past.

Whatever your view, the video below acts as an excellent and succinct lesson to both tailgaters and road hoggers about the perils of following too close because after all, you never quite know when a massive piece of wood is going to fly into your windscreen...

Video via CarThrottle