Tailgaters

Discussion in 'Community Discussion' started by Coolnat2004, Jun 23, 2007.

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How do you deal with tailgaters?

  1. I ignore them

    32.8%
  2. I speed up until they back off

    8.6%
  3. I slow down until they pass

    15.5%
  4. I slow down, let them start to pass, then hit the gas so they can't pass

    13.8%
  5. I slow to a dead stop in the middle of traffic

    7.8%
  6. I brake check them

    27.6%
  7. I pull over

    15.5%
  8. Other

    10.3%
  1. Coolnat2004 macrumors 6502

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  3. wizwaz3 macrumors 6502a

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    I usually try to ignore them, but if I'm particularly grumpy that day, I'll ride them afterwards to show them how rude they are! :p
     
  4. Fearless Leader macrumors 68020

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    this was scary, it was my second time out in my driving school driving the car with an instructor. Our car was clearly marked "Student Driver" implying stay away I'm not very good at this, and normally this works. This guy was about 2 feet behind me at 40 mph, my instructor asked me to pull over, and we switched places.
     
  5. Coolnat2004 thread starter macrumors 6502

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    I usually slow to about 5 miles below the speed limit if they are tailgating me unreasonably (e.g., when I am going 5 over the speed limit on a residential street with no other traffic). If I am in the left lane of the highway, I pull to the right because it is the passing lane, afterall.

    The other day, a guy was following me very close on a very dangerous road. I was in a good mood, so I gradually slowed the car to a dead stop. I sat there for about 5 seconds, while watching him show gestures of confusion. I kept going at the mercy of the car behind him. :D What's funny, is that he backed off after that, likely because he thought I was crazy.
     
  6. mad jew Moderator emeritus

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    I brake check 'em 'cause I'm in a company car.
     
  7. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I usually succumb and speed up, although lately, I've been thinking of changing my reaction from "Speeding up" to "Going medieval."
     
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    Sounds more fun... although a mace could work too..
     
  10. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    No, I just have my horse kick their windshield.
     
  11. Nermal Moderator

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    In town I'll usually attempt to take a different route to my destination but this obviously involves guesswork. Out in the country I usually use the next slow vehicle bay.
     
  12. biturbomunkie macrumors 6502a

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    i down shift and then turn on teh windshield wipers. :D
     
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    Way back when... when I had a nice sporty, fast car... I used to slam on the brakes and then floor it with the gas and speed off :D :p

    Hey, this thread reminds me of a story... when I was living back in Bay Area 8 years ago.... my best friend and I, at the time were driving on the freeway (actually, just I was driving :p ) and he was playing with a laser pointer and flashed it in the rearview mirror of car ahead of us. The car proceeded to change lanes and slow down... pulled behind us and tailgated us for about 30 miles up the freeway 680 and on 84 (I think) between Fremont and Livermore (for any of you that know :p )... anyway he just about hit is with his car when I stepped on the brakes and sped off... then turning a sharp side street at about 35mph.. lost him! haha, sorry, just a funny fond memory now :D
     
  14. spork183 macrumors 6502a

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    I usually figure they are in a bigger hurry than I am, and I pull over. If there is a string of traffic ahead of me, that's different, but if I'm the lead car and they're riding my tail, yeah, let them go by.

    in a string of traffic, they're either having an emergency, or they're an idiot. either way I don't wish to be a part of their accident. I still let them go by, but it annoys me.

    In college, I had 4 friends die in a accident because they tried to pass a string of cars and no one would let them in to the line of traffic. Should they have tried to pass? No. Does that make it okay for the guy who didn't let them in? of course. He was right to make everyone drive the speed limit. I'm sure that was his job. He kept those fools in their place, and I'm sure it made him a better person...
     
  15. comictimes macrumors 6502a

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    I very rarely have to deal with tailgaters since I'm generally going about 10 mph above the speed limit (how I've never gotten a ticket is beyond me...). However, when someone is tailgating me I'll just pull over and let them pass. I figure anyone who's tailgating is slightly crazy anyways since it's so dangerous to do, and so no need to further aggravate them...
     
  16. bartelby macrumors Core

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    If it's on town roads or country lanes I'll slow down to about 20mph. If it's on a motorway I'll move out of the way when convenient.
     
  17. guifa macrumors 6502

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    Tailgaters are cool. Especially at the Iron Bowl, you can always expect to get really good barbeque or other types of food from 'em. ALways a lot of alcohol to go around.

    Oh.

    Wait.

    You mean people who ride your ass on the road and not people that hang out around a football stadium before a football game.

    Oh, I just slow down to the same slow speed as the person to my right whatever that be. Typically that puts me at about 5 below. I'm passive-agressive, ah wlel.
     
  18. hopejr macrumors 6502

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    I tried all sorts of things and none of them are successful (usually end up with a road rage incident). I just ignore them now - it's the easiest way.
     
  19. Roger1 macrumors 65816

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    I let them pass me. I figure I'm doing the speed limit, if they want to go faster, they can go right ahead and do it. But I'm not getting out of the way.

    BTW: Had a tailgater the other day. I'm doing 25-30 in a 25. This guy is riding my bumper in his SUV, and I can see him waving his arms and stuff. This guy was being really stupid, because this was in a place which is constantly patrolled by police. We get up to the light, and turn left. There is a bike (pedal powered) in front of me. We turn left through the intersection doing about 2 MPH. All I see is this SUV's grill in my mirror. It was sooo tempting to brake check him. Anywho, we make it through the turn, and as soon as we get to a passing zone, he wizzes past me (I'm doing 50 in a 45), and barrels up the road and starts tailgating another guy, after nearly hitting him. He was pulling out into traffic, and if Mr. SUV was doing the speed limit, he would have had plenty of time.

    Anyway, not trying to make a point, just want to gripe a bit. :0)
     
  20. iz3r macrumors member

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    What you do is maintain your speed. Take your left foot and tap the breaks enough so ONLY the light goes on, do this until they stop its funny!
     
  21. panoz7 macrumors 6502a

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    If I'm on the highway (most of my driving) and I'm in the right lane I'll usually slow down till they pass. If I'm in the left lane I'll usually accelerate to get by whatever car I'm passing and get out of their way.

    I've only really been bothered by a tailgater once. I was coming back home after a concert at about 1:00 AM when this guy runs a red light and pulls onto the highway right in front of me. I swerved into another lane and didn't hit him. Once he got up to speed he started tailgating me. He was really close and refused to pass. I'd slow down and he'd slow down. I even changed lanes and he continued to slow down next to me. Normally I would have just pulled off the side of the road but this guy seemed crazy and I wasn't too keen about stopping out in the middle of nowhere where I live. Long story short, I floored it and got away from him. That course of action wasn't ideal but I'm not too sure how else to behave in that situation.
     
  22. Abstract macrumors Penryn

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    I've been tempted to throw something out the window and hit him on the windscreen.

    I've thought of keeping eggs, but (1) I hate eggs, and (2), they spoil. Got anything else?
     
  23. Rodimus Prime macrumors G4

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    They drive me nuts. If they get on to close to my rear my normal way of dealing with them to take my left foot and flash my brake lights but not really slow down. More than ones I have caused the jack asses to smoke their tires. Nice thing about it is I do not risk them hitting me because I never change my speed but when you are following some one that closely you see brake lights you slam on your brakes.
     
  24. Plymouthbreezer macrumors 601

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    I generally drive faster than the limit, so I'm not often bothered by tailgaters.

    However, depending on the road, I will use a combination of the methods used here to knock em.
     
  25. Dr.Gargoyle macrumors 65816

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    I fail to see the problem.
    Ok so some tailgates you. The only reason I can think of why you don't like it, is that it could cause an accident. That should rule out basically tricks involving hitting the breaks. Since this just increases the probability for an accident.
    Speeding up should increase the probability that an accident would be fatal or severe.
    As I see it, the best strategy is just to ignore it. Everything else just increases the possibility for an accident and/or make injuries from an collision more severe.
     

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