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Old 07-15-2012, 11:37 AM   #2631
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I refuse to change my speed for a tailgater. I'll tap my brakes and that works sometimes. I pull over to let them pass when I can.

In my experience, around here young women are the worst tailgaters. Not all of them and not all the time. Just my observations.
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Old 07-15-2012, 12:03 PM   #2632
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I'm with you, Andy!
Don't let the tailgaters get their way!

Tailgaters make me soooo mad. Following that closely is SO dangerous, and they are too unintelligent to understand it. And if that wasn't enough, they are also usually the ones that text while driving.. with their headlights in someones trunk.

Shame on their parents who failed at teaching them proper manners and common sense!
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:02 PM   #2633
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I refuse to change my speed for a tailgater. I'll tap my brakes and that works sometimes. I pull over to let them pass when I can.

In my experience, around here young women are the worst tailgaters. Not all of them and not all the time. Just my observations.
Don'tcha just luv Boston drivers? After all we do own the road. And it is always a race to see who can get killed at a rotary. Yield means nothing to us.

My daughter works for the RMV and she is a good driver simply because of her job. If she were to get into an accident that was her fault, she would lose her job. One time when we were out, we came upon a fight starting from road rage. We were stopped at an intersention. She took a right, even though it was the opposite direction of where we were going. No way did either one of us want to get involved with that. I am so glad I don't drive.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:14 PM   #2634
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A few years ago we were in LA for a couple of days before a cruise, and we rented a car. I was a bit concerned about the freeways, but found them a breeze, compared to driving in and around Boston. We drove from Long Beach to Hollywood, to the griffith observatory, to Santa Monica, to Malibu, about 300 miles in a day and a half. Both the freeways and surface streets were a breeze. I was actually surprised at how laid back the drivers were compared to Boston, DC, and other cities that I've driven in.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:30 PM   #2635
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I refuse to change my speed for a tailgater. I'll tap my brakes and that works sometimes. I pull over to let them pass when I can.
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I agree Andy. I figure that if I speed up for a tail gater, I am reinforcing bad/dangerous behaviour.

There are two situations when I change my speed for a tailgater.
1) It's making me nervous, so I slow down.
2) It's an 18 wheeler (doesn't happen often) and I can't change lanes. I don't argue with 18 wheelers. I know who comes out 2nd best in that argument.
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Old 07-15-2012, 01:45 PM   #2636
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Well, my eye surgery had again been scheduled for the end of the month on the condition that the surgeon or the anesthesiologist calls me first. So far all I have received in a notice in the mail.

About forty years ago I had an abscess in my rectum. I was in the OR on the table. The doctor who was giving me the anesthesia told me I would be getting sleepy. He was right. I was sleepy, but not asleep. He told the surgeon OK. I felt him making the incision. I let out a scream and came off that table so fast. The instrument cart went flying. There I was stark nekkid in the middle of the room with blood running down my leg into a puddle on the floor. I had nightmares for months after.

I want to be put to sleep. But I don't want to wait until I am on the table again and find that they are not willing to put me to sleep. So all I have at this time is just the piece of paper that I received in the mail. I don't understand why someone in that department can't take five minutes out of their day and call me. The nightmares have returned after all these years. I find myself sleeping in the chair sitting up. I don't go into a deep sleep and the nightmares don't come. I will not agree to the surgery until I talk to someone in the eye surgery department. If someone doesn't call me, I am going to ask my doctor to give me a referral for Mass. Eye & Ear. Years ago when I used to go there for all my eye problems, they were the first to diagnose the cataracs. I asked if they would put me to sleep for the removal. Without any hesitation, they told me yes. They didn't want a patent who wasn't totally relaxed. I will have probably lost my vision before this is resolved. I find myself crying every time I start to think of this mess.
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Oh Addy (((hugs))). Those nightmares sound awful. I hope your doctor can get this straightened out for you soon.
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Old 07-15-2012, 02:50 PM   #2638
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I agree Andy. I figure that if I speed up for a tail gater, I am reinforcing bad/dangerous behaviour.

There are two situations when I change my speed for a tailgater.
1) It's making me nervous, so I slow down.
2) It's an 18 wheeler (doesn't happen often) and I can't change lanes. I don't argue with 18 wheelers. I know who comes out 2nd best in that argument.
I agree!

My dad didn't teach me to drive, but one thing he did teach me is to never let the person behind me (whether driving or stopped at an intersection, etc.) make me do something stupid.

This reminds me of something I read years ago in Reader's Digest. A guy was stopped at a busy intersection. The light turned green, but he didn't go. The guy behind him started laying on the horn. Finally the man in front got out, walked back to the car behind him, and pointed at the old lady slowly crossing the street in front of his car. He held his keys out to the guy and said, "You hit her. I don't have the heart."
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A few years ago we were in LA for a couple of days before a cruise, and we rented a car. I was a bit concerned about the freeways, but found them a breeze, compared to driving in and around Boston. We drove from Long Beach to Hollywood, to the griffith observatory, to Santa Monica, to Malibu, about 300 miles in a day and a half. Both the freeways and surface streets were a breeze. I was actually surprised at how laid back the drivers were compared to Boston, DC, and other cities that I've driven in.
LA drivers really are laid back. I don't remember having many problems with tailgaters out there. Here is a different story. I just don't understand it. Why endanger yourself and others when there is obviously a line of cars, and you can't make them go any faster?? NOBODY ever says "I LOVE when people tailgate me!" and yet so many people do it. Some people do have different ideas about what's tailgating and what's not, but come on, when you are less than a car length behind, I just cannot imaging someone thinking that is safe and ok. My bf follows a little too close to people sometimes, but nothing crazy. I pointed out one time that he's not going to get there any faster, and it wouldn't hurt to leave a little more room, and he seems to be a little better about it now.
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Old 07-15-2012, 06:52 PM   #2640
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I have to say, it's not like the individual has to create their own definition of tailgating tho. That's what the 3 second rule is for.
(When you're moving at least)
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