AXA urges van drivers to keep their distance

As police reports show van drivers are nearly 50% more likely to suffer accidents caused by tailgating, AXA is reminding van drivers to keep their distance.

Research shows that van drivers are 47% more likely to be involved in a crash when close following (or tailgating) other drivers. The insurance company said that longer hours on the road can contribute to tiredness, while differences in weight, visibility and dimensions make common manoeuvres more difficult. 

And because they are often heavier than cars so can take up to four times longer to stop after breaking, accidents caused by close following or tailgating are a real danger. 

Darrell Sansom, managing director at AXA Business Insurance, said: “Whether you use your van for work, deliveries or family trips, it’s worth remembering that you face greater risks than other motorists, and driving a van requires a lot more skill than driving a car. 

“And it’s worth remembering that getting up too close can incur serious legal penalties too. Most of us know that if you are caught tailgating  you could be hit with an on-the-spot £100 fine and three penalty points, but fewer realise that if the worst happens and someone is fatally injured, the employer can be held criminally responsible under the Corporate Manslaughter Act – a devastating consequence for all concerned."

"Don’t get too close, make sure you are properly insured should the worst happen, and keep your insurance details to hand should you need them”. 

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  • Edward Handley - 15/02/2015 12:24

    Good advice for everyone, not just van drivers. I am always amazed that truck drivers - qualified professional drivers who now have to held a Driver CPC card and supposedly some of the best drivers on the road - still insist on driving along motorways at 56 mph about 5 metres from the truck in front of them: They cannot see what happening ahead and if anything kicks off they have not even got enough time to react, let alone stop! Tailgating has become a national disease - and it needs treating.

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