Would you tailgate a car that pulls out in front of you or cuts you off?
Question: Sometimes I hear of people and see people who tailgate a car that pulls out in front of them (and makes them slow down) out of anger. I'm sure we all have had drivers who pull right out in front of you like you weren't there. Do you or have you tailgated a car in this case?
Best Answers: Would you tailgate a car that pulls out in front of you or cuts you off?
of course im tempted, and i used to do that. i don't let stupid drivers get to me anymore, i just simply let it go. there are far worse things that happen on the road, and the person you end up tailgating might actually get pissed, and follow you home or pull a gun on you. seriously, people are crazy. so to answer your question i would say no, its not worth the time or effort to do it. plus its dangerous and they could brake check you, and make you rear end them on purpose, and it would be your fault.
«The accident was determined to be my fault and I was surcharged on my insurance for years.» -Sorry to hear that. «If I have to stop for some reason the tailgater is way too close to my vehicle to stop before hitting my car.» -Actually, that is not necessarily true. That's why you sometimes see people bail on the shoulder of the highway to avoid rear-end collisions during rush hour. «I get all sorts of childish behavior in addition to driving too close to my car.» -Or could it be that since they have neither bullhorn nor CB radio to communicate their thoughts to you they have to resort to the next best thing: to flash their lights? And could it be that one reason they're driving a bit to the left or right of your car is to see how many cars are ahead of yours? I know I do sometimes. «My friends tell me that it's possible that these drivers are completely unaware of what they are doing.» -Of course they know what they're doing. But it's also difficult to believe that your luck is as bad as it is: that you really have *that many* motorists around you who harass you exactly as you're suggesting. «I am in front of them, they speed up. I am out of their way, they slow down.» -A lot of motorists today are lazy, apathetic, half-asleep, otherwise mentally out to lunch, or some combination thereof. It requires effort of them to move their car left from one lane to the next to pass and to check their blind spots and mirrors in the process. The Path of Least Resistance is to press the gas pedal to pressure people out of their way and to ease off the gas otherwise because it actually requires effort to keep the car at a constant speed w/o cruise control. «Once I got so pissed off that I pulled over to the side of the road to let them pass and the jerk pulled up behind me and waited for me to get back on the road and then proceeded to tailgate me again.» -Was this guy really a jerk? Anecdote: One day I was doing the speed limit on some road in some country bumpkin place that shall remain nameless. The person in front of me was going slowly, and I wasn't exactly 5 car lengths behind this person (not tailgating either) because I realize that when a car is doing only 20 mph your following distance doesn't need to be that great. This motorist didn't understand this, so then she does something weird: she hurls her car over to the shoulder of the road. So I'm looking at this weird event, sort of scratching my head wondering what she's up to or if there's a problem or what--so I stop my car and wait for her. Then she pulls back on the road, so then I go back to my original following distance behind her originally very low speed. Then she finally goes all road rage on me later by stopping in the middle of the road to cuss me out and suggest that I learn how to drive (even though I've easily done 3x more miles in my lifetime than her unless she drives for a living). Was I tailgating? Never at any point. Did she think so? No, because she wasn't as aware of the dynamics of following distances as she should have been. I wonder if the same sorts of things are true in your case.
This question reminded me of why I drove an old car that was paid for when driving to the sub base in San Diego. I never tailgated some one who violated the right of way laws, I just got my front fender and door ahead of them and forced then to yield. After driving that route for a week, no one presumed to take the right of way. That was then, this is now! I have made a few mistakes of my own that required quick thinking on the part of another driver. So any more I tend to let it go. I found out that I was venting my anger about other things at these drivers. Once I faced the real problem, anger and adeline rushes are no longer needed.
The Bush-appointed Treasury Secretary David O'Neill vehemently disagreed with GW back then (Suskind, 2004), believing that the Bush/Cheney administration had a real opportunity to build upon the Clinton $263 BILLION surplus and possibly achieve greatness. O'Neill eventually resigned in absolute DISGUST, upset over many wrong-way decisions that were being made by the administration, including the OBSESSION with finding an excuse "the public would buy" for invading Iraq---something Cheney and GW were planning only ten days after being sworn in! Republicans just love to call Democrats the "tax and spend Liberals," with the unspoken implication that "conservatism" is synonymous with being Republican (which is not true) and that so-called "Conservatives" (right-wing Republicans and now their teabagging evangelical-extremist cohorts) are somehow "better" with fiscal policies or budgetes (also not true). Based on GW's own words, Republicans SPEND, but they DO NOT TAX (i.e., they do not bring in any revenues that would pay for their reckless and even dangerous spending). Instead of building upon a good thing (the surplus left by President Clinton's very wise fiscal policies that repaired the GOP's collapsed savings and loan debaucle and rescued our depressed-from-Reaganomics economy), the GOP saw fit to throw this surplus out the window and then KEEP ON SPENDING, but without any income or revenues to replace what was being hemorrhage-spent!
No, tailgating is stupid and might result in damage to your own car. One thing I do love doing though, is when someone is tailgating ME, I driving extra slow for a few miles and then drive normally so they might get the hint to back the F off.
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