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post #31 of 46
It depends on the situation and my mood, but if I'm on the expressway and can easily change lanes I usually just try to move over and let them go on and tailgate someone else...no sense in ruining my mood (or car) for that jerk. If I can't change lanes easily or I'm on a side street, I'll try tapping my brakes. If that doesn't work (and it rarely does) I'll gradually slow down until I'm at a speed where it's safe for them to follow me that closely.
post #32 of 46
One time when a person was tailgating me and then passed me, a few minutes later, I saw him pulled over getting a ticket. I laughed all the way to work!
post #33 of 46
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Originally Posted by Catkiki
One time when a person was tailgating me and then passed me, a few minutes later, I saw him pulled over getting a ticket. I laughed all the way to work!
That's awesome!

One morning I had an extremely crazy ride in to work, its a long story..... first I was running late, was getting on the freeway at 8:07 when I should get on absolutely no later than 8:00 and yes those 7 minutes make or break me. Well, of course there was a big ole semi getting on the freeway in front of me and he took FOREVER to get up the on-ramp, so as soon as we were next to the freeway and I checked my rearview and zipped over, but unfortunately there was someone in my blind spot that I cut off, oops! now keep in mind that this is a 3 lane highway right here, semi in lane 1, me in the middle lane, and now extremely PO'ed guy in lane 3. he's driving a suzuki sidekick, probably early 90's, basically POS car. This is where it gets good: when I cut him off he swerved in to the 3rd lane and I did the little "oops I'm sorry wave" well he passed me then zipped over in front of me and starting slowing down, ok dude I'll let you have your little revenge for a second, then I glance at the clock- Oh crap!! So I move over into the 3rd lane (fast lane) and put the pedal to the metal- dude moves over in front me! I did not slow down I just passed him on the berm because he just kept coming over! I am hauling some booty now, doing at least 80 mph, and then of course I come up on a slower driver, while I'm waiting for him to move over into middle lane, suzuki samurai comes zooming up behind me, gets on my bumper, I'm talking i-n-c-h-e-s away and starts flashing his brights!! holy moley dude, If I freaked out everytime someone cut me off on the freeway I'd be in a little padded room by now.... so I took the revenge path myself and slammed on my brakes, immediately accelerating again. Let's just say he wasn't expecting that one, he had to swerve to avoid hitting me and lost control of his car, spinning across the freeway- I don't know how he didn't roll it to be honest. Luckily there were no other cars around us at that point and he regained control of his car, and I kept going (of course I would have stopped if anything bad had happened) and actually made it to work on time... moral of this story? check your blind spots and don't brake check people going 70 mph. I don't think my heart came out of my throat till lunch
post #34 of 46
we hate that - we tap the brakes and make them think twice about getting too close. My frind Vicky ha a little sign she could turn on and off that said "BACK OFF F*****S!"
post #35 of 46
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Originally Posted by LilleKat
we hate that - we tap the brakes and make them think twice about getting too close. My frind Vicky ha a little sign she could turn on and off that said "BACK OFF F*****S!"
I want one!!!!!!!!!!
post #36 of 46
I've been known to tap the brake. What I've found more effective lately is to just gear down to the next gear which slows my car down considerably without the brake lights coming on and the guy behind me thinks I don't have working brake lights so he backs off. Works like a charm.

I too had a fellow go tearing past me (I was doing 10 km over the limit) a couple weekends ago and I waved to him as I passed him being ticketed by the police officers.

I actually like the lead-foots to pass me - I can then safely go more than the speed limit because they're going to be nailed first and the officer will be busy with them and I'll be able to glide on by.
post #37 of 46
I just tap on the break

I hate tailgaters - but I always laugh when I see them zoom past me and a few miles up the road are sitting there getting a ticket! Thats always good for a laugh or two!
post #38 of 46
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Originally Posted by Catkiki
I take my foot of the gas pedal too..

One of my pet peeves is 18 wheeler trucks. Just as I am passing the truck on the left, they change lanes right in front of me. When I am merging, they either speed up or slow down to where I almost have to stop to merge in.
As a trucker's wife, I have to comment here. Now I know that some truckers are just big jerks, but most of them really aren't. Any time you are driving around a big truck, please just keep the "rule of thumb" in mind, that if you can't see the driver's face in his side view mirror, he probably cannot see you and has no idea you are there. I sat in the driver's seat of my hubby's truck once and I was amazed at how little you can see behind you up there. NEVER ride alongside a truck if you can help it, mostly because you'll be in big trouble if a tire blows. I'm very careful of how I drive around big trucks. I don't stop alongside them, and I keep at least one car length (in city traffic) between me and the rear of the truck, regardless of if I'm behind him or in another lane. I try at all costs to avoid passing on the right (there's little to no visiblity on the right), and when I do pass, I get it overwith as quickly as I can.
I'm not trying to jump on you, just taking the opportunity to educate those who may not know (and most people have never been in a big truck and have no idea what the view is like from up there) to make the streets and highways a little safer for everyone. I know that some truckers are jerks just like anyone else, but most of them are professionals just trying to do thier jobs and feed thier families.

Amber
post #39 of 46
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Originally Posted by fatkitties
. Any time you are driving around a big truck, please just keep the "rule of thumb" in mind, that if you can't see the driver's face in his side view mirror, he probably cannot see you and has no idea you are there. I sat in the driver's seat of my hubby's truck once and I was amazed at how little you can see behind you up there. NEVER ride alongside a truck if you can help it, mostly because you'll be in big trouble if a tire blows. I'm very careful of how I drive around big trucks. I don't stop alongside them, and I keep at least one car length (in city traffic) between me and the rear of the truck, regardless of if I'm behind him or in another lane. I try at all costs to avoid passing on the right (there's little to no visiblity on the right), and when I do pass, I get it overwith as quickly as I can.

Amber
That is Excellent advice!
post #40 of 46
I grew up around trucking, my stepdad was a driver and now I'm married to a driver. I've had this stuff drilled in my head since I was about 10. But if you ask any trucker thier biggest gripe about "4-wheelers" and they'll say that they just don't know. Don't know about blind spots, don't know how dangerous it is to cruise along by the drive tires (the tires at the back of the tractor, under the trailer), don't know about following distance, don't realize that just because there's 2 truck lengths between the truck and the car in front of him, you shouldn't cut in there because they need that space to stop the truck, don't realize how long it takes a truck to come to a compelte stop from highway speeds, don't realize that 18 wheels doesn't equal 18 sets of brakes. Lots of things. Most truckers also think you should have to watch a video on sharing the road with a truck before you can renew your drivers license. It would sure make the roads a lot safer. Like I said, there are truckers who are just big jerks, but I have more run-ins with car drivers who are big jerks than I do with truckers.
Sorry to get off on a tangent, this is one of my passions!

Amber
post #41 of 46
TAILGATERS! They suck.........
Normally if I am alone(no kids) I will slam on brakes enough to make the other person WAKE up, or possibly make them mad,lol. But then when kids are with me, I just slow way down~which usually makes them angry too.....hehe....
post #42 of 46
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Originally Posted by fatkitties
As a trucker's wife, I have to comment here. Now I know that some truckers are just big jerks, but most of them really aren't. Any time you are driving around a big truck, please just keep the "rule of thumb" in mind, that if you can't see the driver's face in his side view mirror, he probably cannot see you and has no idea you are there. I sat in the driver's seat of my hubby's truck once and I was amazed at how little you can see behind you up there. NEVER ride alongside a truck if you can help it, mostly because you'll be in big trouble if a tire blows. I'm very careful of how I drive around big trucks. I don't stop alongside them, and I keep at least one car length (in city traffic) between me and the rear of the truck, regardless of if I'm behind him or in another lane. I try at all costs to avoid passing on the right (there's little to no visiblity on the right), and when I do pass, I get it overwith as quickly as I can.
I'm not trying to jump on you, just taking the opportunity to educate those who may not know (and most people have never been in a big truck and have no idea what the view is like from up there) to make the streets and highways a little safer for everyone. I know that some truckers are jerks just like anyone else, but most of them are professionals just trying to do thier jobs and feed thier families.

Amber
The one that cut me off DID see me. It was night and he could see my headlights. I don't pass on the right if I can help it. I saw a sign on a truck once that said "passing side" with an arrow pointed left and "suicide" with one pointing right. I know most truckers are ok but the few that aren't give truckers a bad name. Where I live, we get the really bad pea soup fog Nov - Jan. Touley fog it is called. I get off work at 9pm and when driving home, I always get behind a truck. Their lights cut through anything.
post #43 of 46
yeah like I said, some of them are just big jerks. Luckily the ones that are big jerks usually find another line of work. I can about guarantee that if another trucker saw him do that, he got reamed on the CB for it. The good ones hate it when the bad ones make everyone look bad.

The sign on the back is dead on. Passing on the right is begging to be killed. So is going up on the right of a truck that's making a right turn. Lots of people see them start to go left and think they have the wrong turn signal on, but really they have to swing to the left to have enough room to get the trailer around the turn without hitting anything. Then some moron runs up on thier right to try to get around the corner and gets run over, and the driver never knew he was there. I rode from Ft Wayne, Indiana to Ft. Lauderdale, FL and back with hubby, and the cars scared the living daylights out of me. I could never drive a truck. I spent most of our trip hiding in the bunk! LOL! I'm surprised there aren't more accidents between cars and big trucks then there actually are (and the cars really are at fault most of the time) and I don't know how many near-misses we had, people passing on the right, cutting back in very closely even though we're on a 4 or 6 lane highway,following too closely, not signalling lane chagnes. Lots of people almost die every day on the road and don't even know it. Which has really opened my eyes and made me so super careful around trucks. Probably more cautious than necessary, but better to get there a few minutes later than not at all.

Amber
post #44 of 46
Grrrr I hate tailgaters!!

We get them a lot round here, as we're in City Centre! I usually just slow down so that they can pass me within the speed limit - but more often than not, they stay behind me and get angry!! Even if the other side of the road is free!!

So I will drive slower and slower and drive like a learner! (hands in the propper places etc!)

My thought is that if they want to make themselves ill driving with so much stress, then let them! I'm only too happy to help!
post #45 of 46
I like to think that i am a pretty laid back driver. After all non of us are perfect, everyone makes mistakes.

But tailgaters . It is a dangerous and irresponsible habit/behaviour. I must confess that i do on occasion flash my tail lights at them, but more usually just slow down, and wave at them as they (eventually) go past
post #46 of 46
I drive through a busy downtown area a lot (4 lanes of one-way traffic) and what annoys me is when people pass me and end up slowing me down! The speed limit through that part of town is 35 miles per hour. BUT the stop lights are set at about 30 mph. If you go 35, you're going to get caught at probably 2 or 3 stoplights (not accounting for traffic). If you go 30, you can go clear through town and not have to stop once. So going 30mph gets you there faster than 35mph. But there's always a couple people who don't know this, get in a hurry and pass you, and then they haven't started moving as you get to the light, and you have to stop or slow way down while they get moving again. If they'd just stayed where they were, we could have all gotten through town without a problem. Usually takes them at least halfway through before they realize that if they slow down, they'll get to the light when it's green!

Amber
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