<blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">quote:<hr /><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">Originally posted by phugoid:
<strong>The worst case of driving I've seen by anyone on that road was a pursuit vehicle tailgating the car in front at a distance of no more than three metres and at a speed of 75+ mph. It beggared belief, I wish i'd have had the camera set up in the car !
</strong><hr /></blockquote><font size="1" face="Verdana, Helvetica, sans-serif">If he was trailing close and in the rightmost part of his lane almost touching the white lines this is called the "overtaking position" by advanced motorists. Police drivers are actually trained to take up this position when in pursuit and are held up by a slower moving car. They are aware of what they should do in an emergency when positioned this way, it is not tailgating in the sense of trying to intimidate the leading driver to go faster.
If they weren't in high-speed pursuit, though, this is tailgating just as bad as if you or I were to do it. Depends on the situation that's all.
My worst experience of police driving was down the 3 lane section of the M11 recently. It was late at night and very quiet. I cruise normally around 90ish but this particular occasion I was doing more like 100mph, I was positioned in the leftmost lane and I'd not seen another vehicle for more than 5 minutes ahead or aft. Anyway, I spot in my rear view headlights in the distance behind me which are getting closer rather rapidly. This surprised me as I was going quite fast over the speed limit. As they get closer and closer, I realise that this car was really (and I mean really) tanking it. Finally the thing shoots past me doing (estimate) around 140mph, guess what it was?
Police Ovlov T5 Estate in the fast lane, nothing but sidelights on! Damn irresponsible if you ask me. rant