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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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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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2Tall
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Message Posted: Nov 9, 2014 11:21:39 AM

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

Of course
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GasMiser718
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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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Message Posted: Nov 3, 2014 7:48:21 AM

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

of course
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jdmd6613
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 9:48:06 AM

YES
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:53:25 AM

Yes
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sandy40
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:38:08 AM

Yes. It does.
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LibertyGuardian
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:36:50 AM

People don't tailgate around here if they have any regard for the vehicle and windshield...living out here in the desert with nearly 20 miles of gravel and sand between our property and the nearest town will keep any vehicle a half mile back of us if they wish to see the road.
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toms1120
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Message Posted: Oct 28, 2014 7:25:27 AM

Yes
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herbiepopnecker
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 10:05:42 PM

Only bothers "men with hats"
I couldn't give a flying you know what what you do BEHIND me
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cDagasGo
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Message Posted: Oct 22, 2014 10:01:38 PM

Yes
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Oct 17, 2014 8:18:38 AM

yes
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Oct 12, 2014 6:13:11 AM

no
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pt1KY
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 5:42:56 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Oct 11, 2014 5:36:31 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 6:28:08 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Oct 7, 2014 5:43:15 AM

Yes
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Jackson126
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 4:33:51 PM

no
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 4:23:14 PM

I would love to rig up a bottle with an electric pump mounted under my rear bumper and aim the nozzle so it would spray a liquid onto a vehicle's windshield tailgating me, and I'd fill that bottle with vegetable oil...they'd turn on their wipers and all it would do is smear...it would be hilarious watching the idiot panic!
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cujo1977
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 4:19:01 PM

Y
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Oct 3, 2014 4:18:41 PM

"Immature foolish senseless impatient discourteous pointless dangerous mental uncaring antisocial bullying intimidating mindless stupid deranged stressful risky mean disrespectful illegal anal upsetting uncool idiotic hateful spiteful useless moronic infantile aggressive borish selfish uncompassionate nasty atrocious dirty cheap unthinking unwitting unkempt despised disliked unappreciated undesirable unwanted uncivilized tyrannical distractive unattractive ugly awful unlawful unfriendly callous shallow ..."

That's the first time I've ever seen an entire paragraph of nothing but adjectives...
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47pickup
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Message Posted: Oct 1, 2014 6:59:27 AM

Yes
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pandora257
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 11:20:54 AM

brake check
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DaddyD302
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 2:09:34 AM

yes
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ricebike
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 2:07:17 AM

If my kids are in the back, yes
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azcarnut
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Message Posted: Sep 26, 2014 12:36:54 AM

Yes. Have been thinking about putting the ball mount back into my receiver hitch.
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