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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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puddy
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 7:28:33 AM

yes
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:26:19 PM

Doesn't bother me in the least...Living out here in the desert 20 miles from the nearest community and nothing but gravel to drive on.

If some moron with his front bumper at the ass end of my vehicle doesn't mind driving blind with all the dust and gravel kicked up on his vehicle from mine, so be it...I don't mind at all.
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TriniB
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 11:09:10 PM

yes
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:29:22 PM

As for having no paved shoulder, where does that happen? Most of my driving is urban. About the only place where there is literally no lane is in tunnels and some bridges. In suburban and rural areas there is always, 100% of the time, an area to pull over into.

I take that back. There is one historic covered bridge in Concord NH which only has 1 lane in each direction. (built for horse drawn carriages after all) If a tailgater was riding me on that covered bridge, my advice breaks down. Thankfully I only cross that bridge during ski trips up north. Never had the occasion to be tailgated on that bridge.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 10:22:32 PM

Its extremely easy to move over. Even in bumper to bumper rush hour traffic. There is always room.

ANd if for some unexplained reason, perhaps timidity, you are having difficulty moving over, there are several techniques. One is to simply look over your shoulder and try to make eye contact with the car to your right rear. That driver will 99% of the time let you over.

YOu can also try waving and pointing if the rr driver doesn't see you. I do this on occasion.

You can also ride the line separating the lane, not actually moving into the lane. The rr driver will see this and realize you are trying to merge left. 99% of the time he'll let you in. The rr driver will also see the nitwit tailgating you and feel sympathetic to you...letting you in.

LIke I said, its easy to merge left if some nitwit is riding your bumper.

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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 9:57:31 PM

At highway speed, in heavy weekend or holiday traffic, you can't just move over if that lane is also occupied, or if you have no paved shoulder. If only life were as simple as the "expert" seems to think it is.
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justinemt14
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 8:13:26 PM

Yes.
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 5:55:37 PM

Why is this a problem?

If someone is on your bumper, move over.

The last thing you should do is slow down. That is a passive aggressive act of violence. Makes you even more of an idiot than the tailgater. Shows you are a big baby. Act like an adult , let the nitwit go past you. Takes 5 seconds and is far better for your blood pressure.
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eB40
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Message Posted: Dec 17, 2014 4:06:27 PM

Yes
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noblegiant
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Message Posted: Dec 13, 2014 12:30:01 AM

Yes But I Will Stop On A Dime And Hitting From The Rear Maybe A Crime
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VWDeeZel
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 11:53:49 PM

They must think they are fast or something.

I'm at or above the limit a tad and they are stuck right on my bumper....till I hit the 270 degree on-ramp to the highway. Funny how slow they are in curves. LOL
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 8:08:47 PM

Yes
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eB40
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Message Posted: Dec 7, 2014 3:21:00 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 8:20:23 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 8:02:10 AM

Yes, that is why I leave my trailer hitch installed - it's good protection
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47pickup
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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 7:08:49 AM

Yes
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Dec 1, 2014 6:56:20 PM

Of course
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JohnCur
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 3:48:20 PM

more than even my mistress could know
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Nov 26, 2014 3:23:00 PM

If you tailgate me in a commercial vehicle, and then I slow down and let/encourage you to pass me? And then you show me your bosses phone number?

You can bet your driving is getting reported to your boss.

I hope you like your job and you feel real secure in it.

Because your boss just asked himself if he should consider firing you.

Maybe you just better play it safe and be a good driver.

Could help keep those paychecks coming.

I bet there are a lot of people who want work and would like to have your job and drive safely.
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WilhamClouse
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 11:43:04 PM

Go ahead tailgate me….If your car is nicer than mine, be careful if I hit the brakes.
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dhmac
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 4:35:33 PM

Yes
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eB40
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Message Posted: Nov 23, 2014 4:31:48 PM

Of course.
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Nov 18, 2014 11:27:30 AM

Yes, sure
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Weaslespit
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:43:46 PM

Naturally. I typically knock the cruise down 5 mph to encourage them to go around me.
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muddaubber
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:39:44 PM

only when I slam on my brakes and the person tailgating rear-ends me.
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:38:27 PM

Many who have no problem with tailgating think that way because they think it is OK to tailgate. Which just means they probably do it themselves.

It is not OK to tailgate.

It is not legal to tailgate.

It is not safe to tailgate.

There is never a good reason to tailgate.

I have heard people say "Well he deserved it!"

No, nobody EVER deserves to be tailgated.

It doesn't matter how slow they are or how badly you want/need to go faster. The moment you get too close you are wrong. That is the moment you cross the line between being a legal and safe driver and become an illegal unsafe driver.

"go ahead and hit me. I could use a new truck and the extra money "

Bad thinking. Not only is there the potential for vehicle damage but there is also the potential for injury and death.

30,000 people die every year on American highways. Driving is the most dangerous thing most of us will do on any given day. Every time you get into a car may be the last time. Every car trip could be your last moments of life on this planet. If more people would consider just how dangerous driving a car is (as they are driving) then drivers would be far more careful.

[Edited by: SemiSteve at 11/17/2014 12:39:24 PM EST]
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Nov 17, 2014 12:38:43 AM

Nope. Do whatever ya want - BEHIND ME
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Nov 16, 2014 11:32:43 PM

Yes
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FieroGT
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 5:03:00 PM

You betcha!
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 4:41:27 PM

Yes
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ChiefNolarama
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:27:58 AM

Yup
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blubyu
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 11:18:50 AM

washing the windshield will back them off!
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 10:55:35 AM

yes, but most people don't really know they're tailgating someone

4-6 second space cushion at least!!!!!
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 10:06:37 AM

yup and I do my best to make them miserable!
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retcap201
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 9:49:21 AM

yes
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 9:47:11 AM

YES
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 8:22:21 AM

no
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contiki
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Message Posted: Nov 10, 2014 7:31:23 AM

Yes....very much....
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Mikeyy1960
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 5:37:38 PM

depend where it happens.
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 12:55:08 PM

No.
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 11:21:39 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 6:05:31 PM

Of course
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 6:03:56 PM

Yes definitely!!!
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73amx
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 9:42:30 AM

nope, go ahead and hit me. I could use a new truck and the extra money
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47pickup
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 8:04:39 AM

very much so
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dassfg
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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 7:52:56 AM

Yes
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Yes
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:51:39 AM

of course
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:48:06 AM

YES
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Yes
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