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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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Fish2tail
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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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billycar
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Message Posted: Jan 21, 2015 7:22:35 PM

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

Yes..............
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MeTaBall
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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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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 10:04:58 AM

DEFINITELY!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!!
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GasMiser718
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 9:54:01 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:34:35 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:31:02 AM

Big time!!
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rick_evans
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 6:20:18 AM

Yes. It's usually done by jerks trying to get ahead of the miles of traffic in front of me.
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Thumper52
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Message Posted: Jan 16, 2015 5:32:30 AM

Yes
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Message Posted: Jan 15, 2015 7:20:41 PM

yes
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xtremecheap
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 8:02:30 PM

Nope, I focus on what's in front of me.
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2Tall
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Message Posted: Jan 10, 2015 10:02:30 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 6:54:15 AM

Y
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 6:05:22 AM

no
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probedude2
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Message Posted: Jan 5, 2015 1:48:42 AM

What if there's nowhere to move over?
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Message Posted: Jan 4, 2015 6:55:36 PM

Yes
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grampi47
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 2:22:58 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."

If a person is being tailgated on a two lane road, where is that person supposed to move over to?
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Mahalo5
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:25:44 AM

Yes because people can't react quickly at a high rate of speed putting the rest of us at danger.
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:22:08 AM

yes
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Message Posted: Dec 30, 2014 8:18:35 AM

Yes
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rumbleseat
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 7:11:17 PM

"As for having no paved shoulder, where does that happen?"

Instead of questioning me, and basically denigrating my intelligence and 3,000,000 kilometres of driving experience every time I post in this thread, how about you drive the Calgary-Banff corridor on a busy holiday, experience the tailgating at 30 km/hr over the limit, both lanes solid traffic, and shoulders wide enough to pull a motorcycle on to. It is time to realize some of us may have an idea what we are talking about.
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Message Posted: Dec 23, 2014 6:46:30 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 12:32:35 PM

Yes
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 11:10:18 AM

Yes!!
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:12:26 AM

yes
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Hemond
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 10:07:02 AM

QUOTE::::YES AND IT HELPS ME DRIVE EXTREMELY SLOW (AS IN COASTING TO A STOP!!!)!!!:::


You are more of a menace than the tailgater.

[Edited by: Hemond at 12/18/2014 10:07:15 AM EST]
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down2fumes
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Message Posted: Dec 18, 2014 8:54:45 AM

YES AND IT HELPS ME DRIVE EXTREMELY SLOW (AS IN COASTING TO A STOP!!!)!!!
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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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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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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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Message Posted: Dec 12, 2014 8:08:47 PM

Yes
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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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Message Posted: Dec 2, 2014 7:08:49 AM

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

Of course
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