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I only have one regular situation like any of this. To go to my place there is a street that has 2 lanes but the outside lane becomes a turn right only lane at the bottom of the hill. Everybody that lives here knows this and will even slow down often to let somebody move left EXCEPT for certain other drivers. They will whip out to the right in the right turn only lane, nail it in a 40 mph zone and run up to 60 or 80 just so they can get ahead of a car or 2 and then swing back over to the left, often cutting right in front of somebody to get back on the highway before the right lane runs totally out.


Well, I had enough of this behaviour because its dangerous, extremely aggravating and people that do this are, in my book, pretty much idiots. When I'm running along at 40 or 45 down the hill and have moved over to the left lane and its clear in front of me, when one of these people starts to swing over to the right turn only lane I floor it just because they are stupid. If they want it that bad they have to out run me. It usually is other pick up trucks that do this.


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Maybe it's just me, but I don't get tailgated at all, and I'm on the highway a lot.

I stay to the right unless I'm passing, stay between the posted limit up to about 10% above, and am always aware of ramps and merging traffic.

And yes, I *do* indeed have a rear view mirror and use it

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I have come to the conclusion that some people just cant handle driving with other cars on the road.



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There are other options

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't get tailgated at all, and I'm on the highway a lot.

I stay to the right unless I'm passing, stay between the posted limit up to about 10% above, and am always aware of ramps and merging traffic.

And yes, I *do* indeed have a rear view mirror and use it

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Maybe it's just me, but I don't get tailgated at all, and I'm on the highway a lot.

I stay to the right unless I'm passing, stay between the posted limit up to about 10% above, and am always aware of ramps and merging traffic.

And yes, I *do* indeed have a rear view mirror and use it

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I get tailgated maybe 3 times a year. Considering I spend upwards of 2 hours a day in heavy - as in, 4 lanes of traffic heavy - that's not too bad IMO.


My personal hypothesis is that the types of people that "keep getting tailgated", or "keep getting cut off", or like one local guy - "got hit for the second time in the same roundabout"...are causing the issue. You can let that statement bother you - like all the tailgaters you collect in a day - or let it roll off your back and continue on with your life. Kind of what you should do in traffic. Your blood pressure will thank you.
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Mmmmmaybe, but if OP, or anyone else, is doing the speed limit or better and not camping out in the passing lane, then the tailgating is solely on the tailgater. Iím seldom tailgated because Iím quick and nimble and move through traffic fairly well. But...I have been behind a line of traffic, maintaining my safe following distance, cause thatís what I do, and have had folks ride right up my butt. Not sure what Iím supposed to do to alleviate the pain and anguish Iím causing them at this point, but I do have ideas. Anyway, donít necessarily buy that it is always the tailgateeís fault. Sometimes maybe, but not always. Some folks are just a$$h0!&$ and with the population growing they are becoming exponentially more apparent.
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Mmmmmaybe, but if OP, or anyone else, is doing the speed limit or better and not camping out in the passing lane, then the tailgating is solely on the tailgater. Iím seldom tailgated because Iím quick and nimble and move through traffic fairly well. But...I have been behind a line of traffic, maintaining my safe following distance, cause thatís what I do, and have had folks ride right up my butt. Not sure what Iím supposed to do to alleviate the pain and anguish Iím causing them at this point, but I do have ideas. Anyway, donít necessarily buy that it is always the tailgateeís fault. Sometimes maybe, but not always. Some folks are just a$$h0!&$ and with the population growing they are becoming exponentially more apparent.
It's not binary; that is - either those being tailgated are at fault or their not. But I think there are a couple of different issues. What constitutes being tailgated? I can't recall the last time I was tailgated but then I don't spend as much time on the highway as many of you guys. Still, I don't panic when another car is three lengths behind me at 60 mph even though he should be farther. Some people think they're being tailgated and others don't.

But when I do see others really being tailgated on the highway, the vast majority of those are indeed camped in the passing lane just passing their time doing the speed limit or under (who has a calibrated speedometer anyway?). Some drivers just move to the right and pass the rolling blockade but others refuse to pass on the right and insist the Left Lane Righteous Ruler move over. I'm the former type. I max out at about 5mph over the limit which is usually a bit slower than traffic usually goes, but I will usually just move over and pass on the right.

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It's not binary; that is - either those being tailgated are at fault or their not.

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Agree, but with one disclaimer. Tailgating, and Iím talking about a few feet/yards off someoneís rear bumper at highway speeds, is dangerous. Iíve seen it plenty, oddly enough itís young girls I see most often. Iím going to go out on a limb and say thereís a good chance a phone is in one hand, so thatís a highly dangerous and illegal act that has a high probability of an accident should something happen. Good citizens like us wonít be exempt from any ensuing carnage that may occur from the encounter between law breaking left lane dawdlers and righteous tailgating lane enforcers. Thus my earlier statement about driving defensively. Itís really your best option. Forrest said it best, ďStupid is as stupid doesĒ.

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Tailgating, and Iím talking about a few feet/yards off someoneís rear bumper at highway speeds, is dangerous. .
That is *the* definition of tailgating, and even doing this to Left Lane Righteous Rulers is dangerous and stupid. Of course, there are those that think they're being tailgated when someone is several car lengths behind them, but that's another issue.

And don't get me going on those who sit in front of their phones while, oh by the way, happen to be operating a motor vehicle at the same time.

Finally, I'm FURIOUS at myself for using "their" instead of "they're" in my previous post!!

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It's just a side effect of small d!ck syndrome- brake check them and move on with your day
I used to be in your school of thought. Brake check them, and go, but these days everyone is so stoned that I am terrified they are going to go right through me because they are not even paying any attention.
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Had a city worker in a city truck decide he needed to turn right from the left lane just as I was passing him in the right lane. Itís a 4 lane road in town. Normally the left lane folks are making left turns and the right laners, right turns. Just subdivision houses on both sides. Guy never knew I was there. Good thing my spidy senses didnít fail me.

And yes, he was on his phone.


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