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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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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:34:25 AM

YES
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jul 22, 2014 8:29:25 AM

Yes
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pvdray
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:16:46 AM

hell yes
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gator2002
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 9:00:29 AM

Yes
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:58:47 AM

of course
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Jul 16, 2014 8:38:47 AM

"I had deranged guy ride my bumper the other day. I was slowing down for a red light ahead and had taken my foot off the gas. He comes up behind me in a pick-up and attaches himself to my rear. I continued to slow gradually to stop in a line of traffic waiting, with him on me like a trailer the whole time I was declerating.

We waited for the light.

Light turns green and I began to accelerate; with him still attached. This is not safe; so I want him gone from my rear. I eased up on the gas to reduce my rate of acceleration. I'm still accelerating, but not as fast as he wants me to. Lanes on either side are now accelerating faster. I check the mirror and he is going bonkers, waving both arms and pounding on the wheel. How he is steering is anybody's guess.

Then he gets a chance to pass and goes for it. I see why it took him so long to get a space - He's towing a big overloaded work trailer! Musta been running the poor truck to death driving like a maniac. I can only wonder what that load does for his stopping distance.

Then he goes and starts tailgating the next vehicle he gets behind, does some more weaving, and relentlessly tailgates every other vehicle he follows.

If I had sped up so we were going faster than the other lanes (like he apparently wanted me to) I would have been rewarded for that 'favor' by more prolonged tailgating...

So glad I got rid of him right away!"

The really puzzling thing about these people is the way they act...they act like the drivers that are holding them up are in the wrong, like everyone else is supposed to get out of their way...they are so overcome with rage they don't even realize that THEY are the ones being the asshole...
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eB40
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Message Posted: Jul 14, 2014 12:18:46 PM

Yes
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nru
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 11:05:20 AM

yes - but what can be dne - the police do not enforce it nor do they enforce left lane laws - they are revenue generators
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 10:47:47 AM

I had deranged guy ride my bumper the other day. I was slowing down for a red light ahead and had taken my foot off the gas. He comes up behind me in a pick-up and attaches himself to my rear. I continued to slow gradually to stop in a line of traffic waiting, with him on me like a trailer the whole time I was declerating.

We waited for the light.

Light turns green and I began to accelerate; with him still attached. This is not safe; so I want him gone from my rear. I eased up on the gas to reduce my rate of acceleration. I'm still accelerating, but not as fast as he wants me to. Lanes on either side are now accelerating faster. I check the mirror and he is going bonkers, waving both arms and pounding on the wheel. How he is steering is anybody's guess.

Then he gets a chance to pass and goes for it. I see why it took him so long to get a space - He's towing a big overloaded work trailer! Musta been running the poor truck to death driving like a maniac. I can only wonder what that load does for his stopping distance.

Then he goes and starts tailgating the next vehicle he gets behind, does some more weaving, and relentlessly tailgates every other vehicle he follows.

If I had sped up so we were going faster than the other lanes (like he apparently wanted me to) I would have been rewarded for that 'favor' by more prolonged tailgating...

So glad I got rid of him right away!
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Jul 10, 2014 10:28:01 AM

Cute bumper stickler:

"Failure to plan on your part does not constitute an emergency on my part"

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Commute2
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 8:22:43 PM

Yes
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Jul 8, 2014 8:12:14 PM

yes
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dave43
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 3:47:45 PM

yes
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Gxpress
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Message Posted: Jul 4, 2014 8:48:16 AM

Nope. I enjoy tailgating at football games!
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:28:51 AM

Y
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contiki
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:25:03 AM

yes....big time...........
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jul 3, 2014 7:23:48 AM

Yes
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thedonkey
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 11:04:42 AM

Yes. The damage and injury isn't worth someone's savings of 1 second or their impatience in general.
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 8:31:46 AM

"Brake-check is a bad idea. You might cause a wreck.

You could be faulted and forced to pay a fine and held legally responsible for the accident.

And it would not change anything. As soon as you recovered from all of the expenses of getting rear ended and being held liable for the wreck then you start driving again and somebody will tailgate you again."

I agree and disagree. The only way a person could be legally held responsible for doing a brake check is if the driver admits to doing it. No one else could prove that's what the driver was doing. All he/she has to say is an animal ran out in front of them and they were trying to avoid hitting it. I agree with the rest of your statements...
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tiny1oh
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Message Posted: Jun 28, 2014 4:27:05 AM

yes
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Treasurehuntxxx
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 11:43:32 PM

yes it does
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 10:09:14 PM

No.
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hyeglenn
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 9:23:26 PM

YES!
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 8:02:57 PM

Yes
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 7:11:56 PM

Brake-check is a bad idea. You might cause a wreck.

You could be faulted and forced to pay a fine and held legally responsible for the accident.

And it would not change anything. As soon as you recovered from all of the expenses of getting rear ended and being held liable for the wreck then you start driving again and somebody will tailgate you again.

[Edited by: SemiSteve at 6/26/2014 7:13:11 PM EST]
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dandeeman
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 5:59:06 PM

SLAM ON YOUR BRAKES :)
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eB40
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Message Posted: Jun 26, 2014 4:56:14 PM

Yes
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MeTaBall
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Message Posted: Jun 21, 2014 12:06:08 PM

Yes
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Jun 16, 2014 7:46:47 AM

Yes
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2014 4:39:34 PM

No.
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Jun 11, 2014 3:59:00 PM

Young female drivers seem to be the worst at tailgating, and they're usually doing it while they're texting...they're an accident waiting to happen!
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roadkingfl
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 9:17:30 PM

Annoys the hell outta me :(
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Moe86
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 8:43:03 PM

No.
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campyz
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 6:16:11 PM

I hate tailgaters.
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 3:13:40 PM

"Tailgating is an exercise in frustration. Everybody is in their way. And as soon as they get past one they rush up to another and they are stuck again. Must make driving a real pain in the patoot.

Does make one wonder why the Police don't have more unmarked units. They could hand out tickets all day long."

I love watching idiots do this...they'll tailgate me, I slow down until they pass me, then they run up on the rear bumper of the vehicle in front of me and the process starts all over again...there is just no rhyme or reason to what's going on in these people's heads...they have got to make record time at any cost!

[Edited by: grampi47 at 6/10/2014 3:14:38 PM EST]
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redfish67
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 2:57:01 PM

yes
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eB40
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Message Posted: Jun 10, 2014 2:17:15 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 2:22:13 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jun 6, 2014 2:17:55 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 5:54:01 AM

yes
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twt
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 5:49:58 AM

Yes. It's a moronic, stupid habit.
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Glasman
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 3:56:16 AM

the closer you get-the slower I go.

I'll have you down to 20 mph if you stay very long.
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Message Posted: Jun 5, 2014 3:46:48 AM

Yes
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dandeeman
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 7:09:35 PM

NOPE,WATCH THE ROAD AHEAD.
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dave43
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 4:00:09 PM

yes
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 9:35:19 AM

yes
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gvan
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Message Posted: Jun 4, 2014 9:21:01 AM

Yes. Raining this morning, roads are wet causing increased stopping distances and this ******* was so close I could not see his/her headlights.
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PummpinEthyl
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 7:14:41 PM

sure does
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SemiSteve
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Message Posted: Jun 3, 2014 6:15:03 PM

Tailgating is an exercise in frustration. Everybody is in their way. And as soon as they get past one they rush up to another and they are stuck again. Must make driving a real pain in the patoot.

Does make one wonder why the Police don't have more unmarked units. They could hand out tickets all day long.
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mnrick041
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Message Posted: May 31, 2014 5:42:04 AM

Yes it does
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