Motorway tailgating is a major worry for most motorists but many admit to doing it themselves.

Of 1,000 drivers, a total of 57% owned up to leaving less than a two-second gap between themselves and the next vehicle, the research from road safety charity Brake and insurance company Direct Line found.

A total of 28% admitted to tailgating monthly or more often, with men worse offenders than women. Yet the poll also revealed that 95% of drivers worry about tailgating, with 44% concerned most times they drive on a motorway.

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The poll also showed that 60% break the 70mph motorway speed limit by 10mph or more, with almost 30% doing so at least monthly.

Brake deputy chief executive Julie Townsend said: "Traffic laws are not just for others; all drivers can help make our motorways safer."