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SemiSteve

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Message Posted: Feb 8, 2013 4:35:30 PM

Yes.

It's dangerous and usually pointless. Life is worth more than needless risks.

The best way to deal with it is to just take your foot off the gas. Most impatient drivers quickly look for a way to pass and then they are gone.

If on a two-lane where no passing is allowed then just go the limit or a little under until you can find a place to turn off and then get right back on when it is clear. The time lost is worth the aggravation averted.

The life you save may be your own.
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heyman_31036
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Message Posted: Apr 17, 2015 9:26:55 AM

yes but try to look for a way so they'll pass & be on their way,,
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 11:05:55 PM

Definitely
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lilmx5guy
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 1:59:29 AM

It's annoying and unnessesary, and I try and let them pass as soon as I could. A few times I had the opportunity to wait until an area I know is watched quite regularly and moved over very slowly. They proceeded to fly by me, and a few times I got to watch them get pulled over. I wish the ticket would be enough to teach them something, but I seriously doubt it was.
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2015 1:38:19 AM

not really. if the road is open ahead, i will try to make it so they can get by
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 10:36:03 PM

Never a problem for me. I just move over out of the way. If I don't like someone else's driving, I take control of the situation by moving over and letting them go ahead. Easy. Also keeps blood pressure under control.

It amazes me that most people, especially liberals, deliberately choose to be victims, to let themselves be aggravated. Tailgating is small stuff. Not worth the indigestion. It literally takes 2 seconds to remove the tailgater from one's orbit. Just move over.
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Apr 14, 2015 5:35:45 PM

Yes
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2015 9:49:14 AM

Yes
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juniperus98
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 1:21:28 PM

Yes. The stupidity of others jeopardizes my health & wellness.
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Apr 5, 2015 1:14:20 PM

Yes
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 9:32:00 AM

I got some interesting insight into the mind of a tailgater the other day. I got tailgated in the right lane as I slowed to pull off into a gas station. The tailgater rode my bumper as closely as possible as I made a right turn, then continued to ride my bumper as I went down a short drive which led past a shopping center and into the entrance to the gas station / convenience store. I pulled up to a pump island and the tailgater pulled up the next island.

I got out of my car and watched. The very overweight young tailgater got out of her car, in no particular hurry, and calmly strolled toward the store.

I called out: "I'm surprised you are not running! I thought you were in a big hurry."

She said I deserved to be tailgated because I was going less than the limit. Then she went into the store.

I got my gas and was getting ready to leave when she came back out, carrying one of those giant sugary soft drinks.

I said: "That's your big hurry? You had to get a Big Gulp?"

She replied it was none of my business.

I told her: "You jeopardized my safety so it IS my business. I would suggest a little less coffee and far less sugar. You risk lives for foolish impatience. Grow UP!"

She was left speechless. I got in my car and drove off.

No, nobody has the right to tailgate even if another driver goes below the speed limit. For whatever reason.

That woman's life was out of control. She can't control her weight and she can't control her impatience; so she takes her own self-loathing and shame out on others.

Pompous self-inflated ego-maniacs say you should simply always pull to the right when tailgated. I was as far to the right as I could get! There was a curb and no pull-over space. I was slowing down for a right turn. My car had plenty of speed to reach the turn. I am under no obligation to go racing up to a turn and slam the brakes at the last instant because some fool is thirsty for another sugar fix and doesn't know that what her body is crying out for is nothing more than water.

My driving habits produce excellent fuel mileage. Her's waste fuel. My brakes and tires last far longer than her's do. And so does my engine and suspension. There is no good reason to tailgate. I was driving within the law. She was breaking it.

There are times I am passing slower traffic and still I get tailgated. I am not going to slow down so I can merge right just to let some impatient immature fool zoom by.

And what is with this thing of tailgating when there is a long line of cars? Like, if you ride the bumper of the last car in line that automatically makes the entire line of cars speed up? That is just so immature it goes beyond belief. And yet you see it all the time.

The selfishness of some drivers is beyond amazing. They stay real close to the next car because they don't want to let anybody change lanes and move in front of them. Like they are supposed to be able to change lanes anywhere they want but nobody else can. And what that ends up causing is too many cars crammed way too close for the speed they are going. Very dangerous. Anything unexpected happens and it is pile-up city.

I swear. Some of these people act as if they are immune to death. I suppose they just don't realize that 30,000 people die every year from stupid driving.

There should be a law that places a placard on the dash of every car which says:

"Your life is at risk every time you drive. Today might be your last day on Earth. Drive safely."
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Apr 1, 2015 12:18:55 AM

No. "the closer you get-the slower I go"
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stoihor
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:56:46 PM

yes.
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xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 11:32:40 PM

no
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Mar 31, 2015 10:34:18 PM

No
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Mar 28, 2015 12:14:59 AM

No.
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Mar 27, 2015 5:00:39 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 5:49:38 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Mar 23, 2015 4:27:09 PM

Yep
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Mar 19, 2015 7:34:21 AM

Yes
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 10:49:02 AM

Yeah, it's a big time problem in Dallas, I usually just slow down until they find a way around or I have room to get out of their way.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Mar 15, 2015 10:29:11 AM

yes
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UKGraham
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 12:11:11 PM

Definitely I hate tailgaters and will usually touch my brakes to make them back off.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Mar 10, 2015 11:56:54 AM

Yes.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Mar 9, 2015 12:50:44 PM

does
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Mar 4, 2015 7:54:29 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Feb 28, 2015 8:48:47 AM

Yup
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Feb 23, 2015 11:38:22 PM

Yes
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billycar
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 7:39:00 PM

yes
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Mininana
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 7:34:58 PM

yeah, really... if road patrolling were an issue of safety rather than revenue production, this would be a far higher priority, far riskier (especially in bad weather) than going, say, 76 in a quiet 65 zone
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Message Posted: Feb 20, 2015 6:32:48 PM

Yes
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Feb 16, 2015 9:57:02 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Feb 12, 2015 10:54:29 PM

Yes
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stoihor
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 9:18:25 PM

yes it does.
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juniperus98
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Message Posted: Feb 7, 2015 8:44:09 PM

Yes, it's dangerous. Tailgaters need to back off or pass. Tailgating won't get you there any faster.
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Feb 6, 2015 9:18:17 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Feb 1, 2015 10:08:47 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 3:49:45 PM

yes
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jan 31, 2015 2:00:49 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 26, 2015 6:40:50 PM

Yes
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55Russ
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:40:23 AM

Yes
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kennyman
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Message Posted: Jan 22, 2015 12:13:23 AM

Yes it does. I just keep going the same speed limit and eventually they will pass even when I am towing my RV.

[Edited by: kennyman at 1/22/2015 12:14:34 AM EST]
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Mahalo5
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 9:27:14 PM

Yes
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Tucsonhomes
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:44:34 PM

Sometimes
Not always
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:22:35 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:04:29 PM

Yes..............
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:04:05 PM

Yes
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VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:01:51 PM

"Why is this a problem?

If someone is on your bumper, move over".

Sounds like the idea of an inbred.

I am supposed to move over?
How about them passing. Duhhhh!
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:09:14 AM

Yes...........
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:04:58 AM

DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:54:01 AM

Yes
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Yes
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