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Old 09-06-2014, 09:32 AM   #15
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If they're behind me, they are of no concern to me. It's the idiots in front of me that drive me crazy.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:48 AM   #16
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I'm with you Steve. Instead of a rear view camera so I can see what folks are doing behind me, I'd prefer a parascope so I can see what's happening waaaayyy in front of me.
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Old 09-06-2014, 09:57 AM   #17
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Actually, recalling Drivers Training-101, not to mention two defensive driving courses I took when in law enforcement, it's best to know what's going on all around you, at all times, when driving.

When that tailgater runs into your vehicle or trailer they may be in the wrong, but collateral damage may make being right or wrong a very moot point.
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Old 09-06-2014, 11:01 PM   #18
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When I see that here in the South, my first thought is it's a NASCAR fan practicing drafting for better fuel mileage.
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Old 09-07-2014, 10:26 AM   #19
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...Actually, it's best to know what's going on all around you, at all times, when driving...
Perhaps my previous comment was too abrupt and caused some misunderstanding. In the past fifty+ years I've driven several million miles. I have never had an accident. I'm very aware of all the vehicles around me; where they are, how long they've been there, are they closing or falling back, are they switching lanes, etc.

My point was that if you are behind me and you do something stupid there's about a 99% chance that it won't affect me i.e. Not My Problem. I just can't get too upset because some moron chooses to tailgate. If I'm in a safe traffic area I'll slow and let them pass if they choose. I'm not worried about someone who might "engage" me.

Now you pull out in front of me and go 20 mph, all bets are off.
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Old 09-07-2014, 11:13 AM   #20
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... it's best to know what's going on all around you, at all times, when driving.
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When I see that here in the South, my first thought is it's a NASCAR fan practicing drafting for better fuel mileage.
It may be that they are tailgating you so that they only need to pay attention to just you.
That way they may think they have more brain capacity available to multitask on something more important to them... their iPhone.

Hang Up and Drive
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:04 PM   #21
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Would you say that those who focus so much attention on what's behind them are anal?
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Tailgaters often learn their lesson when the car in front changes lanes or swerves to miss something they see in the road ahead, but by then the tailgater doesn't have time to react and hits whatever it is. Also, lots of deer and "at large" dogs down here decide to cross the road at an unfortunate time. The lead vehicle brakes to avoid, the tailgater rear-ends them. The tailgater is at fault for not keeping a safe distance. And it's pretty ugly what a box hitch bolted to the rear frame of a heavy-duty, high-stance 3/4 ton pickup can do to the grill and hood of a low-profile sports car. I've been rear-ended twice in my Ford F250, both times by teen-aged girls talking on their cell phones. Light turns red, I stop, they don't. One wasn't even tailgating - had plenty of time and distance to stop and just didn't! Luckily, no one hurt either time. But the vehicle doing the rear-ending in that match-up definitely gets the worst end of it.
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Old 09-07-2014, 12:53 PM   #23
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I use a dash cam one lens is pointed in the front the other facing the back. I also have one mounted in the back window of the trailer people see that and tend to back off as it can be used in court if you file a complaint with the police they will be charged.
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Quote: "Tailgaters often learn their lesson when the car in front changes lanes or swerves to miss something they see in the road ahead, but by then the tailgater doesn't have time to react and hits whatever it is."
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Yep, and that's the very reason I am concerned about those following me to closely. Those kinds of sudden accidents have lead to collateral damage involving vehicles 2-3 car further behind, as well as those in oncoming traffic.

Who knows, that very scenario may have been a component of the FedEx/Bus crash several months back in CA....
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If I can slow down and move over slightly, the tailgater usually zooms by and then I can continue on without having to see them in my rear view mirror. Makes them happier, and me as well.
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When pulling the Scamp I always pull over to allow others to pass. I have trouble seeing them if they are centered and close to me, so I will do a gentle ess turn to get a look through the mirrors.
When not towing I tend to be out in the passing lane passing slower cars, unless the traffic is moving faster than I want to go, then I move to a slower lane. Driving in the fast lane always draws tailgaters. They will pull up behind a column of cars going 72mph and follow 5 feet behind the last car, even if the column is passing slower traffic. I just reach up and turn my rear view mirror 45 degrees and they are gone. After passing the slower traffic I move over to lane 2 and let them tailgate the next guy.

I saw a bumper sticker that read "The closer you are, the slower I go".

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If I can slow down and move over slightly, the tailgater usually zooms by and then I can continue on without having to see them in my rear view mirror. Makes them happier, and me as well.
Absolutely the best option, and one everyone should employ. I don't ever tailgate, but do get frustrated by slow drivers that do not do this. I have also been the slower guy, and have slowed, or pulled over to allow them to pass. Everyone wins!
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If I can slow down and move over slightly, the tailgater usually zooms by and then I can continue on without having to see them in my rear view mirror. Makes them happier, and me as well.
thats my approach to tailgaters as well. If I am towing and there is not much of a shoulder to pull right over on I wait until I see an opportunity for the party to pass me and slow right down while pull over to the side as far as I can so they can see its clear to pass me. Sometimes they don't pass the first time I pull over but normally they will the second time.
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