It's one of the most annoying habits on the roads these days - tailgating - with some drivers thinking they are above the law.

Some motorists think it is acceptable to intimidate drivers in front of them into edging above the speed limit by driving right behind them in an attempt to make them speed up.

This is despite the fact that drivers are supposed to leave a two second gap between their vehicle and the one in front - not to mention the dangers of breaking speed limits.

It can be hard to know what to do when you find yourself a victim of tailgating, but unfortunately, the practice is common across the East Midlands - especially on long country roads.

This is something that Carolyn Ife from Donisthorpe knows all too well.

Tailgating is not acceptable

Carolyn travels on the A50 to Leicester every day for work.

She told the Leicester Mercury : "I drive to work through a lot of villages that have 30mph speed limits, and I do try to keep to the speed limit but when you do that you get people right on your bumper.

"You usually get them fairly close behind, but this particular one was so close I couldn't even see his headlights. It was very intimidating and I was just hoping he wouldn't bump my car.

"I wasn't sure what to do, because I didn't want to speed up, so in the end I slowed down hoping he would go past me.

"We then went into a 40mph limit and I accelerated up to 40, but when I did he sped right up, going around me and some bollards which was particularly dangerous.

"I didn't manage to catch his registration plate but if I had I would have reported him to the police.

"But what can you do? I don’t want to break the speed limit because I’m going too slowly in their opinion."

You might have experienced something similar before - so what are you actually supposed to do in this situation?

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What you should really do if someone is tailgating you

If you're faced with a tailgater as soon as you can, and it's safe to do so, let them pass

Jonathan Clarkson, spokesperson for the Leicester, Leicestershire & Rutland Road Safety Partnership, told us what their official advice is.

He said: "If you're faced with a tailgater as soon as you can, and it's safe to do so, let them pass.

"It can be tempting to hold them up, however, this will only further frustrate the tailgater and it’s just not worth it as the situation could escalate into road rage."

So pulling over and letting an aggressive tailgater pass is the best thing to do to diffuse the situation.