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Steer clear of White Van Man, says crash survey.

MOTORISTS should beware of White Van Man on their tail, according to a survey of thousands of accidents which revealed Midland van drivers were most crash-prone.

Van drivers were 47 per cent more likely to be involved in a crash when they were following other drivers too closely, the survey by AXA Business Insurance found.

The survey also found van drivers were much more likely than other drivers to crash while reversing, doing a U-turn and changing lanes, while they were more liable than other road users to get tired or distracted.

The study of more than 1.3 million police crash reports from 2008 to 2012 showed van drivers were much more likely than others to be involved in accidents in the West Midlands and London.

AXA Business Insurance managing director Darrell Sansom said: "The nation's van drivers play a vital role in our economy.

"However, we have to raise the red flag on issues like tiredness and tailgating. We're alerting the Government to our findings."
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