Police have released footage of a driver ‘aggressively’ tailgating on the motorway as a warning to other motorists.
The video, which was shot on the M6 near Stafford, shows the car driving just a few feet behind another road user in the outside lane.
Officers pulled the driver over and he was reported.
Taking to social media to share the clip, the Central Motorway Police Group said: “Tailgating; dangerous at the best of times, more so on a motorway through the roadworks.
“This is a small snapshot of the manner of this motorist’s aggressive driving yesterday on the M6 at Stafford, needless to say he was stopped and reported #dontbeaspaceinvader.”
When a Twitter user replied to the post suggesting the car in front was guilty of poor lane discipline for travelling in the outside lane when the middle and inside lanes were free, the force responded: “There was a bigger picture here and the silver car is driving sensibly after overtaking a coach which was in lane two.
“Moving to lane one would have caused the coach (which you can’t see in the footage) to brake.”
Highways England have previously warned of the dangers of tailgating.
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Last month they released dramatic footage of a pile up on the M6 after the driver in front was forced to brake quickly.
And last year they revealed that one in eight casualties on motorways and major A-roads in England are caused by tailgating.
More than 100 people are killed or seriously injured each year in incidents where a vehicle has been driven too close to the one in front, according to its analysis.