BenzWorld Senior Member
Date registered: Sep 2008
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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.
When devils will the blackest sins put on, they do suggest, at first with heavenly shows - Othello