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Why do drivers tailgate?

On Behalf of | Jun 7, 2023 | Car Accidents |

It can be challenging to understand why a driver would put other road users at risk despite understanding road safety. A negligent driver can lead you into an accident through aggressive actions, including tailgating. But why do they do this?

This guide discusses why people tailgate.

Being in a hurry

Drivers in a hurry to get to their destination can tailgate. Such a driver may do this to push you to increase your speed or to let them pass. If this happens, it will be best to maintain your speed, and when it’s safe, allows them to pass. Even though a tailgater may believe they have a reason for their behavior, it’s wrong, as it can lead to an accident.

Drunk driving

A significant percentage of drunk drivers tailgate. Since they have impaired judgment, it can be challenging for them to maintain a safe following distance, and at times, they view tailgating as fun.

When someone tailgates you, keep in mind that they may be drunk and might engage in more aggressive behaviors. Thus, you should respond carefully. It will be best to let them pass where possible, even if you need to pull off the road to do so.


Some drivers tailgate because they think they can safely drive that close to someone and get away with it. Yet it only takes a slight misjudgment to prove them wrong and injure you in the process.

If a tailgate injures you, you’ll need to find out more about your legal options.