Not Logged In Log In   Sign Up   Points Leaders
Follow Us    7:19 AM

Message Forum - Read Message

Category: Car Talk > Topics Add to favorite topics   Post new topicPost New Topic
Author Topic: Does tailgating bother you? Back to Topics
SemiSteve

Champion Author
Tampa

Posts:17,645
Points:344,160
Joined:Sep 2005
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.
REPLIES (newest first) Post a Reply
Profile Pic
yodudebc
Champion Author Vancouver

Posts:7,748
Points:844,980
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 11:08:21 AM

yes
Profile Pic
OceanArcher
Champion Author Mississippi

Posts:7,333
Points:1,652,550
Joined:May 2004
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
Profile Pic
pt1KY
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:1,321
Points:290,865
Joined:Jun 2013
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:30:57 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
hyeglenn
Champion Author Fresno

Posts:2,601
Points:924,870
Joined:Apr 2011
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 10:20:52 AM

Yes.
Profile Pic
dassfg
Champion Author Fort Worth

Posts:1,470
Points:827,620
Joined:Mar 2011
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:26:28 AM

Absolutely
Profile Pic
SemiSteve
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:17,645
Points:344,160
Joined:Sep 2005
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 8:24:35 AM

Immature.
Profile Pic
MeTaBall
Sophomore Author Maryland

Posts:124
Points:20,720
Joined:Apr 2014
Message Posted: Apr 23, 2014 7:19:34 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

Posts:11,417
Points:1,324,910
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:41:05 AM

Yes. It is dangerous.
Profile Pic
Bob F
Champion Author South Carolina

Posts:41,932
Points:2,603,875
Joined:Nov 2004
Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 6:36:06 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
yodudebc
Champion Author Vancouver

Posts:7,748
Points:844,980
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 3:18:18 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
Norm1947
Champion Author Flint

Posts:6,167
Points:791,555
Joined:Oct 2011
Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:11:48 AM

yes
Profile Pic
Moe86
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:14,720
Points:1,571,305
Joined:Jun 2009
Message Posted: Apr 20, 2014 12:08:55 AM

No.
Profile Pic
2Tall
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:17,300
Points:3,268,455
Joined:Jun 2004
Message Posted: Apr 19, 2014 10:26:17 AM

yes
Profile Pic
yodudebc
Champion Author Vancouver

Posts:7,748
Points:844,980
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:53:18 AM

yes
Profile Pic
down2fumes
Champion Author Jacksonville

Posts:2,658
Points:501,005
Joined:Aug 2012
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:47:28 AM

IT ONLY HELPS ME DRIVE EXTREEEEEEEEMLY SLOOOOOOOW!!!!!!
Profile Pic
HideMKE
Champion Author Milwaukee

Posts:1,681
Points:347,720
Joined:Mar 2012
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:28:37 AM

yes
Profile Pic
pt1KY
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:1,321
Points:290,865
Joined:Jun 2013
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 11:10:57 AM

Yes.
Profile Pic
MertieMan
Champion Author Lexington

Posts:16,475
Points:3,233,460
Joined:May 2005
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.
Profile Pic
twt
Champion Author Virginia Beach

Posts:11,417
Points:1,324,910
Joined:Mar 2005
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 4:11:19 AM

Yes! It's thoughtless and stupid.
Profile Pic
pkrpro
Champion Author San Bernardino

Posts:1,897
Points:756,455
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 2:01:38 AM

Not if she is cute
Profile Pic
ricebike
Champion Author New Jersey

Posts:11,587
Points:2,139,600
Joined:Oct 2005
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
Profile Pic
justinemt14
Champion Author Philadelphia

Posts:1,314
Points:427,185
Joined:Sep 2012
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:38:34 AM

Yes.
Profile Pic
pghbill
All-Star Author Pittsburgh

Posts:960
Points:763,460
Joined:Jul 2005
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:34:53 AM

yes
Profile Pic
55Russ
Veteran Author Cleveland

Posts:377
Points:1,747,025
Joined:Nov 2008
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:34:07 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
poetdog73
All-Star Author Toledo

Posts:823
Points:836,025
Joined:Aug 2008
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:30:17 AM

yes big time!
Profile Pic
dieselpower2014
Veteran Author Atlanta

Posts:454
Points:89,360
Joined:Jan 2014
Message Posted: Apr 16, 2014 12:16:01 AM

I just start getting slower and slower until they pass.
Profile Pic
cDagasGo
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:2,502
Points:256,135
Joined:Aug 2013
Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 7:29:04 PM

Yes
Profile Pic
MeTaBall
Sophomore Author Maryland

Posts:124
Points:20,720
Joined:Apr 2014
Message Posted: Apr 15, 2014 10:08:34 AM

Yes
Profile Pic
luvmyrv
Veteran Author Winnipeg

Posts:301
Points:226,735
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 1:06:30 PM

best bumper sticker...Unless your a hemorrhoid, get off my ass!
Profile Pic
luvmyrv
Veteran Author Winnipeg

Posts:301
Points:226,735
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 1:05:47 PM

big time.
Profile Pic
russells350
Champion Author Montreal

Posts:4,533
Points:935,505
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 12:27:30 PM

no
Profile Pic
buickentury
Veteran Author Madison

Posts:423
Points:333,740
Joined:Feb 2006
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.
Profile Pic
yodudebc
Champion Author Vancouver

Posts:7,748
Points:844,980
Joined:Aug 2011
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 11:10:22 AM

yes
Profile Pic
Awing1
Veteran Author Ontario

Posts:277
Points:51,330
Joined:Aug 2013
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.
Profile Pic
jdmd6613
Champion Author Memphis

Posts:1,228
Points:289,705
Joined:May 2013
Message Posted: Apr 11, 2014 9:40:02 AM

yes
Profile Pic
russells350
Champion Author Montreal

Posts:4,533
Points:935,505
Joined:Apr 2008
Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 5:13:35 PM

no
Profile Pic
contiki
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:20,322
Points:860,765
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Apr 10, 2014 3:26:57 PM

Yes........
Profile Pic
SemiSteve
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:17,645
Points:344,160
Joined:Sep 2005
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.
Profile Pic
mhradecky
Veteran Author New York

Posts:375
Points:97,820
Joined:Dec 2012
Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:55:25 PM

Only if mph above 15.
Profile Pic
eB40
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:3,548
Points:292,275
Joined:Jun 2013
Message Posted: Apr 8, 2014 5:09:21 PM

Yes
Profile Pic
contiki
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:20,322
Points:860,765
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 3:16:03 PM

Yes..........
Profile Pic
dandeeman
Champion Author Georgia

Posts:5,914
Points:2,281,335
Joined:Jun 2006
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 2:57:38 PM

NOPE,SLAM ON THE BRAKES! OH WHIPLASH :)
Profile Pic
OliviaM2013
Rookie Author Ann Arbor

Posts:58
Points:18,055
Joined:Jul 2011
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...
Profile Pic
Bridge2012
Champion Author Kansas

Posts:1,202
Points:341,335
Joined:Jan 2012
Message Posted: Apr 3, 2014 1:26:42 PM

check your insurance and let them hit you..
Profile Pic
grampi47
Champion Author Illinois

Posts:6,082
Points:81,605
Joined:Apr 2006
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!
Profile Pic
SemiSteve
Champion Author Tampa

Posts:17,645
Points:344,160
Joined:Sep 2005
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.
Profile Pic
mybigtruck
All-Star Author San Jose

Posts:847
Points:485,930
Joined:Oct 2009
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]
Profile Pic
contiki
Champion Author Ontario

Posts:20,322
Points:860,765
Joined:Sep 2008
Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 8:50:07 PM

Yes.....big time.........
Profile Pic
nru
Champion Author Twin Cities

Posts:4,329
Points:1,317,875
Joined:Feb 2006
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.
Profile Pic
cDagasGo
Champion Author Maryland

Posts:2,502
Points:256,135
Joined:Aug 2013
Message Posted: Mar 29, 2014 6:43:38 PM

Yes
Post a reply Back to Topics