DRIVERS should learn to ignore tailgate bullies, says the leader of a Huddersfield motorists' group.
Lionel Holmes, chairman of the Institute of Advanced Motorists' Huddersfield Group, spoke out following a report revealing that 40% of drivers tailgate the vehicle ahead at speeds well over the 70mph limit.
Scores of pile-ups are caused on Britain's motorways every year by motorists driving too close to the vehicle in front.
Drivers are now being urged to obey the `two second rule' and leave a large time gap between the vehicle in front.
Mr Holmes said drivers who were being tailgated should ignore the bullying tactics of the other driver.
"Don't even look in the rear view mirror," he said.
"If it's possible at some stage pull over and let the fool that's doing it get past."
He said tailgating was the natural result of so much traffic on the road. If everyone motoring along the M62 followed the two second rule, the queues would stretch from Liverpool to Hull, he said.
In 2002, 1,507 people were killed or seriously injured on the country's motorways.
The results of the survey of 15,000 vehicles coincides with National Motorway Month, August.