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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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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 24, 2014 3:22:37 PM

Was driving the speed limit in the far right lane of a 6-lane city street. Obnoxious lady zips up behind and starts tailgating. I took my foot off the gas. She decided to get closer. So I went even slower, everybody else passing. We went half the speed limit for 10 blocks. No problem; I am accustomed to driving with a trailer. Much safer at a slower speed. She made a few hand gestures. I laughed at her. I figured she just needed to be frustrated, so I gave her what she was asking for. (maybe I should have a sign on the back that says if you want to go slower get closer) We missed a green light, her still glued to my bumper. Then she darted through a private parking lot to make a right turn. Light turned green I was on my way, back up to the speed limit.

If everybody treated tailgaters this way we'd see far less of it.
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yodudebc
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:08:21 AM

yes
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OceanArcher
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:39:17 AM

It does make me highly uncomfortable - I usually drive slower so there's no abrupt speed changes
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:30:57 AM

Yes
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:20:52 AM

Yes.
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:26:28 AM

Absolutely
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:24:35 AM

Immature.
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 7:19:34 AM

Yes
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:41:05 AM

Yes. It is dangerous.
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Bob F
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:36:06 AM

Yes
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yodudebc
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:18:18 AM

Yes
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Norm1947
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:11:48 AM

yes
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:08:55 AM

No.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 10:26:17 AM

yes
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yodudebc
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:53:18 AM

yes
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:47:28 AM

IT ONLY HELPS ME DRIVE EXTREEEEEEEEMLY SLOOOOOOOW!!!!!!
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HideMKE
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:28:37 AM

yes
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:10:57 AM

Yes.
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MertieMan
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 5:09:24 AM

It most certainly does since I was rear ended and injured in a rear end crash that totaled my car by a dump truck.
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twt
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:11:19 AM

Yes! It's thoughtless and stupid.
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pkrpro
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 2:01:38 AM

Not if she is cute
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:52:34 AM

if i'm alone in the car, no... if they crash into me, instant paint job!

if i have my kids in the minivan, though, YES!

get off my ass because more than likely, they will be on their cellphone texting
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justinemt14
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:38:34 AM

Yes.
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pghbill
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:34:53 AM

yes
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55Russ
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:34:07 AM

Yes
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poetdog73
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:30:17 AM

yes big time!
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dieselpower2014
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Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:16:01 AM

I just start getting slower and slower until they pass.
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 7:29:04 PM

Yes
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:08:34 AM

Yes
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 1:06:30 PM

best bumper sticker...Unless your a hemorrhoid, get off my ass!
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luvmyrv
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 1:05:47 PM

big time.
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russells350
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:27:30 PM

no
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buickentury
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:23:04 AM

Not really. If you drive courteously and don't impede the flow of traffic, it shouldn't be a problem. If people want to drive faster than you, move over and let them pass. If you can't keep up with the flow of traffic, take an alternate route or re-evaulate whether you should be driving at all.

But please, don't make it worse and egg them on by break checking or slowing down or anything like that. Its just going to make somebody thats probably already mad, even more infuriated. Its not your job to police the roads.
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yodudebc
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:10:22 AM

yes
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Awing1
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:49:11 AM

Yes, but try not to be bothered. Sometimes you see very aggressive drivers.
One car blocked me with very low speed on 4 lane highway in Toronto after he's tailgating me and gave me a mid finger finally. Maybe he wanted to revenge me.
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Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:40:02 AM

yes
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russells350
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:13:35 PM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 3:26:57 PM

Yes........
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 3:22:54 PM

Just take the foot off the gas.

Works more often than anything else.

Some are so dense they will tailgate even in the right lane and for no reason. Everybody is approaching a red light and they can't wait to wait. It's almost comical. IF it wasn't annoying and dangerous.
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mhradecky
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:55:25 PM

Only if mph above 15.
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eB40
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Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:09:21 PM

Yes
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contiki
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 3:16:03 PM

Yes..........
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dandeeman
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:57:38 PM

NOPE,SLAM ON THE BRAKES! OH WHIPLASH :)
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OliviaM2013
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:26:58 PM

Probably one of my biggest pet peeves. I won't use my breaks, but I'll tap them enough for my break lights to come on so the person knows what's up...
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Bridge2012
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:26:42 PM

check your insurance and let them hit you..
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:19:18 PM

"Yes when done to me, no when i do it. I'm not usually in a hurry to get to my destination, but i do drive with "purpose". I could get into the details of how bad drivers are here, but it would be a 40 page rant, so ill leave it at that."

It's ok for you to tailgate, but not others...you're a hypocrit!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 11:46:49 AM

"No - if you realize that some of the population is not as bright as you, and forgive them for it, you will live better. Assign all ill behavior to the lot you find of this ilk, and forgive them as they cannot change. Getting angry about things only raises your blood pressure and has no effect on their behavior. "

--Excellent advice. Life's too short to waste steam on losers.

"I'm surprised no one has linked the "instant karma" tailgater vid that went viral yesterday. Its all over the news/blogs/Youtube.

The vid shows some lady in Florida filming a tailgater who spun out and crashed after passing on the inside and flipping her off. He wrecked and got arrested. Priceless, especially her laugh afterwards. Search on it if interested."

--Found it. Great video. What a loser! Jerk was having a bad day already to take his frustrations out on a safe driver like that. Then it just went from bad to worse. Got exactly what he deserved. Priceless.
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mybigtruck
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 11:47:27 PM

I drive a long box pickup and I sit fairly high up, so tailgaters driving small cars can't seem me, much less me seeing them, so I don't care; tailgaters who kiss my rear would be at fault. I have a hitch sticking out in back that doubles as an extra piece of protection.


[Edited by: mybigtruck at 3/29/2014 11:53:57 PM EST]
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contiki
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:50:07 PM

Yes.....big time.........
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nru
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Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 7:18:52 PM

No - if you realize that some of the population is not as bright as you, and forgive them for it, you will live better. Assign all ill behavior to the lot you find of this ilk, and forgive them as they cannot change. Getting angry about things only raises your blood pressure and has no effect on their behavior.
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