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Old 05-16-2017, 12:07 PM   #11 (permalink)
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Old 05-16-2017, 02:15 PM   #12 (permalink)
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If they're actually looking out their windshield, just abruptly weave from side to side in the lane.
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Old 05-16-2017, 03:00 PM   #13 (permalink)
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You could do a bumper sticker that says: Warning, this vehicle stops faster than yours
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Old 05-16-2017, 04:00 PM   #14 (permalink)
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Turtle Eh, mostly ignore 'em... when safe.

From what I recall, there isn't a single, always-effective way to safely get a tailgator to back off or pass.

I just checked, and the MN Drivers Manual has this to say: "If the vehicle behind you is following too closely, slow down slightly and allow it to pass." This matches what I recall from Driver's Ed, too. Doesn't mean that the person doing the following isn't going to get angry and ride closer, of course, or pass you, nearly cut you off, and brake-check you in retaliation.

Road rage is always a potential problem, of course. If it seems safer to speed up and get out of their way - like taking a turnoff or similar - maybe that's the best course of action.

The trouble with bumper stickers is that it could potentially be used against you if there's an accident. Same with talking about "seeing a squirrel/dog/moose/deer/etc."

Different states have different cultures about it, too - I've heard that in places like rural parts of Texas it's common for the slower driver to pull over/off the traffic lane and let the faster drivers pass.

Basically, drive safely and mostly ignore tailgators. In my experience they usually turn off at the next big interchange, get bored and pass you, or back off within a mile or so. You'll want to keep aware of them, of course, but try not to get your back all tensed up about it - not worth the pain. (I'm working on this myself - not easy. But I'm driving legally and safely and generally within 2mph of the limit, so it isn't up to me to make them happy.)

We had a thread about this in the past: How do you handle EXTREME tailgaters?

Found this one too: Michigan Tailgators (Aggressive Driving Report Form)

I've got all sorts of creative, generally illegal (or borderline, at least not safe) ideas. I try not to indulge those fantasies too much, as it's no better for me than worrying about what the tailgator thinks of me.

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Old 05-16-2017, 05:17 PM   #15 (permalink)
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I just clean my windshield.

I had some blue food coloring that had been in the cupboard forever, I added it to the windshield washer fluid, didn't make any difference on my windshield or car, don't know if made any on theirs either.
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You could do a bumper sticker that says: Warning, this vehicle stops faster than yours
I was 'truckin' along' as they say when a cop rolled up right behind me. As a matter of policy, when they position themselves there, I never look at the speedometer. ("My attention was outside the windshield, officer. Sorry. Let's go with your figure")

When he turned on his lights, I gave one blink of the right turn signal and dogged the brakes. As I rolled down the window, a cloud of rubber smoke rolled past, followed by a young officer who's lower lip was quivering. When he asked if I knew he behind me I pointed out my rear-view mirror is 2 1/2ft wide. He gave me a warning for 60 in a 55.

It all evens out, that night I was snared by a radar trap in the Newburg bypass.
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007 oil slick and smoke screen?
I had something like this. An electric pump hooked up to a car window sprayer, with a 1 gallon bottle of veg oil. When they get too close, a press of the button sprays their front end/windshield with veggie oil. Windshield wipers make it worse, and it forces them to pull over.
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If you have trouble with tailgaters, you could always break out your -



I'm not trolling, its just good humor! Besides if tailgaters bother you, then you should be responsible and do something to make peace in the situation. Forgive them for their dumb act. Your life and time is much more important than wasting it on anger over silly traffic drama's. Yes I know its easier said than done, but you still got to try.
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I'm not trolling, its just good humor! Besides if tailgaters bother you, then you should be responsible and do something to make peace in the situation. Forgive them for their dumb act. Your life and time is much more important than wasting it on anger over silly traffic drama's. Yes I know its easier said than done, but you still got to try.
Until someone merges into your lane, causing you to hit your brakes, and you get rear ended. Then you have to deal with being in constant pain for the rest of your life, because some ****ing idiot wants to do 90 in a 70.

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