How do you react to a tailgater?

@sishy7 (27285)
Australia
March 19, 2012 8:46am CST
I got tailgated all the time. I don't think I drive too slow; but I am driving a small car which other drivers with big trucks, utility vehicles, or 4-wheel drives always seem to think it's not moving fast enough. I've gotten used to see them thru my rear view mirror just inches from my car and feel like they are about to run me over. Well, even that won't make me go any faster; especially if I'm already in the slow lane and doing the speed limit. What would you do in that situation? I'd be interested to hear if some tailgaters here care to share your side too. Drive safely...
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@VivaLaDani13 (16271)
• Perth, Australia
6 Dec
@sishy7 I don't drive yet but depending on my mood, I may speed up to make them be happy and get off my butt or slow down to pi$$ them off.
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
6 Dec
Yeah, I try not to piss other drivers off... I read about crazy road rage incidents sometimes and I would hate to have anything like that happen to me...
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• Perth, Australia
7 Dec
@sishy7 So true. People really do get quite aggressive while driving. It's complete madness actually. It's insane how people can be in such a rush when they have nowhere important to go lol
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
7 Dec
@VivaLaDani13 My eldest still prefer to take public transportation than learning how to drive himself. I think the madness and what's going on with driving really put him off. He's a loner and avoids any kind of hassles at any costs. His younger brothers have been driving for few years now but that does not really bother him at all. And we don't really force him to learn driving either - we think it's something that he must want to learn on his own, not pushed on him...
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@webearn99 (1744)
• India
20 Mar 12
As my chosen mode of transport is a scooter, my reaction would most probably to keel over and die on my tailgater. I have seen some reactions to tailgating some of which are: Keeping temper in check, inspecting the damage and exchanging insurance information and going about their ways. This usually happens when the tailgated car is rundown and is in bad need of repair. The chances are that a lot more gets done other than the actual damage because of the tailgating. Individuals going berserk, and trying to beat each other into pulp, actively encouraged and in some cases helped by bystanders and hangers on. This usually ends in cops and legal cases. No winners here. The tailgater trying to make a break for it, damaging more than either his vehicle or he can handle and going to the jail. The variation here is the lady who tailgates and then starts to wail. The tailgatee realizes that this is more damaging than the damage to his car and beats it with the proverbial tail tucked in between his legs. In case the tailgator and tailgatee are both women, which is rare, you get to watch one-on-one screaming action which ends with both wailing and the respective husbands beating the pulp out of each other.
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
22 Mar 12
That pretty much summed up this discussion...
• United States
20 Mar 12
i do one of two things....depending on my mood.....i either tap my brakes to let them know that i know that they're tailgating and if they don't get off my rear, i'll slam on my brakes. this usually gets them to back off real quick. the other thing i do, slow my speed way down! make it so they want to pass me up. :) this works real good too, however sometimes they'll show me their "appreciation". one day, they'll get pulled over for something, too bad i can't be there to see it happen.
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
22 Mar 12
If they happen to have slow reflex and end up hitting my car, I can then claim their insurance...
@sid556 (31018)
• United States
19 Mar 12
Normally, I drive a bit above the speed limit. I am not going to speed up because with my luck, I'd be the one to end up with a speeding ticket.
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
22 Mar 12
If they want to speed, they should've just passed because they don't usually get much more faster by tailgating.
@beamer88 (4268)
• Philippines
19 Mar 12
I rarely experience being tailgated deliberately. I mean, with the traffic in the city I live in, almost every vehicle has about a meter of distance from one another. But on those few instances where traffic is very light, or when I'm driving along a two-lane road, I usually roll down my window and signal the tailgating driver to pass. If he's persistent in tailgating still, well, I usually slow my speed even more, let that person get frustrated.
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@sishy7 (27285)
• Australia
22 Mar 12
Some of them crossly passed me; but they usually ended up only 1 or 2 cars ahead of me because I usually just follow the flow of the traffic and not driving slow for no reason whatsoever.
• India
1 Jul 12
Hi, I found websites that give tips on how to react to such situations. I hope they assist. 1. http://www.wikihow.com/Avoid-Tailgaters 2. http://www.safespeed.org.uk/tailgate.html
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