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post #11 of 24 (permalink) Old 10-04-2008, 10:28 AM
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The tailgater thing really bugs me. That habit is not about getting somewhere faster, I'm convinced. Most times when I have been tailgated, if I move over, the driver pulls on up ahead and sits on the next guy's bumper. They apparently don't understand that if I must stop quickly, they're going to run into my backside and kill me. If you pull over to let them pass they give you a look like you're an idiot when they drive past.

I tend to take it personally when I'm being tailgated. Occasionally I admit that I slam on the brakes giving them a heart attack. I know, bad idea. I don't want to get shot trying to teach someone a lesson but I find it gratifying watching them come unglued. Perhaps mounting a Lucas flood lamp on the rear shelf would work. Evidently, it is just a habit for most drivers who do it. The obstacle for me is to relax about it, since it is not "me" they're doing it to, is that I am fearful of the possible consequences. Unfortunately, I suspect that the competence of the newer vehicles is an enabler to tailgaters on a subliminal level.

What is needed is a signal we can give tailgaters that is socially accepted and fairly universal. If you want to send a signal to an oncoming driver to dim his lights, you flash the high beams. If you want a slower driver to move over, you flash the high beams. I think both of those signals are generally understood and legal. I've tried flashing my brake lights and that is effective only for those who absent mindedly crept up on you but don't have an investment in tailgating. I suppose my signal idea would need plenty of publicity saying how dangerous it is to follow too closely. Frankly, I'd give my vote for President in this next election if he or she promised to do nothing but mount a major campaign against tailgaters.

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A guy once tailgated me and I flipped him off and then he shot me the bird. So we pulled over and I beat the shit out of him. As he lay on the side of the road bleeding I got in his car and took a dump. I keyed his fucking POS and left him for dead.




( okay I really just got over and let him pass )
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A guy once tailgated me and I flipped him off and then he shot me the bird. So we pulled over and I beat the shit out of him. As he lay on the side of the road bleeding I got in his car and took a dump. I keyed his fucking POS and left him for dead.




( okay I really just got over and let him pass )
That is funny

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If that is so, I like to see myself as an exception.
Same here. Courtesy should not be an exception it should be a rule or law. Because, discourteous people just make themselves and others miserable ass wipes and are of no use to society.

I'm not bad. I'm just drawn that way.
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Same here. Courtesy should not be an exception it should be a rule or law. Because, discourteous people just make themselves and others miserable ass wipes and are of no use to society.
Jody, there is no better feeling than giving and when you wave another driver in and they smile, It makes a day seem so worthwhile and makes driving to or from work seem like a new relaxing experience. No matter how bad your day was.

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Jody, there is no better feeling than giving and when you wave another driver in and they smile, It makes a day seem so worthwhile and makes driving to or from work seem like a new relaxing experience. No matter how bad your day was.
I thought that was what I was trying to make a point of. That a little common courtesy will make you feel good and not be a butt to everyone else. I like to be nice and thank people who let me into traffic as well as let them in as well. And a wave or does make you feel good.
If it didn't come across like that then my apologies. I've had a long day and am running in burn out mode. Besides I am a bit bitchier than usual today. So, sorry.

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Uh, darlin', I think he was agreeing with you. Take a long hot bath...you deserve it!
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Uh, darlin', I think he was agreeing with you. Take a long hot bath...you deserve it!
See I said I was down to very few operating brain cells. I can't even differentiate any more. A long bath and 4 hrs of sleep and I'll be my less bitchy self.

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Thanks gerkebi, I think I'll sign off for a bit and go soak in a candle lit tub full of bubbles with a glass of wine. And hopefully for everyone's sake I wont get back on here tonight drunk and bitchy. Take care darlin'.
BTW when are you coming back down to our neck of the woods?

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Thanks gerkebi, I think I'll sign off for a bit and go soak in a candle lit tub full of bubbles with a glass of wine. And hopefully for everyone's sake I wont get back on here tonight drunk and bitchy. Take care darlin'.
BTW when are you coming back down to our neck of the woods?
Please come back drunk on Fine Wine! and tell us about it ..heh heh ..

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