Dear Tailgaters - What Do You Want?

Hi all,

Just wanted to understand the perspective of tailgaters and also hear from others in how they deal with the issue.

TL;DR: Why do you tailgate? How do you stop others doing it to you, even if you're going at the limit etc?

My most recent scenario was last night. 2am on the M4, on my way home. Posted speed limit is 90, so I'm doing 90, in the left-hand-most lane out of three lanes. The motorway is entirely empty except for one car behind me, which speeds up and sits ridiculously close to my tail. I mean, at some point the headlights were partially disappearing in my rear view mirror because the car was pushing up so close! The other two lanes next to me are completely empty. He stays there for a good 4-5mins, and all I can think is how unsafe this is, but I refuse to go over the speed limit because he can clearly overtake. Finally, I tap on my brakes lightly to try and get him to back off - once. Twice. Three times. He finally gives me some distance, but after 30 seconds he's back again. Sits there for another few minutes, and again I tap my brakes which causes my car to slow down a bit.. down to 85, 84, 83.. and finally, he changes lanes into the middle lane and zooms off.

I do notice I get tailgated every now and then - perhaps as I'm a P-plater, or just by coincidence. When I do:

  • I check to make sure I'm going at the correct and max speed limit (eg if it's 90, I'll be going at 90). All good.
  • I'm usually in the left-hand lane by default. If it's a single-lane road, I'll try to pull over as soon as I can (eg into a small side street) and just let the person pass.
  • Otherwise, if it's a single-lane road and I can't pull over anywhere yet (or I don't feel like it sometimes!), then I'll just hold strong and keep going as I am. Same for if I'm driving on a multi-lane road and the tailgating car has clear opportunity to overtake, but chooses to continue riding up behind me instead. I refuse to be intimidated by people driving up riiiight behind me as if they can just will me to speed for them (at least, I refuse to be outwardly intimidated by it).
  • I almost never tap my breaks as I've heard it can incite road rage or whatever.. but in last night's situation, it was just so ridiculous and unsafe I felt that I had to do something, and it eventually worked.

So my question to all tailgaters is - what do you want from us?
Is it a game to see if you can intimidate other drivers? (in my situation above, I can honestly not think of a single other reason. Open to any opinions though!) Or is it that you just want others to go over the speed limit too? Or.. when you have an avenue of overtaking available.. why would you not take it? And if you don't have such an avenue, but the car in front IS doing the speed limit - do you expect us to break the law because you're in a rush / late for your meeting / etc? Are car's odometers just calibrated SO differently? (I have a digital one).

And to others who deal with tailgaters regularly - Beyond what I've already mentioned, do you have any additional tips or techniques or advice in how to further deal with the issue, for a fairly new driver? What's your approach, and your experiences?

TL;DR: Why do you tailgate? How do you stop others doing it to you, even if you're going at the limit etc?

Thanks in advance.

Comments

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    Some of the most uneducated and aggressive drivers in the modern Western world resides in SYDNEY.

    Having lived in London, Sydney, Asia and travelled around other countries, Sydney has to be by FAR the worst driving standards. Drive around Europe, even most poor Eastern European and they still have a simple thing called manners. They don't drive slow, far from it, but you don't see crap that you see in Sydney.

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      Have you been to mainland China? I went last year and had a taxi driver drive me away from the airport. He was probably driving at 80 while it was raining and he kept glancing at his phone.

  • +2 votes

    When Ullrich Mellinghoff, Vice President of Development Safety for Mercedes-Benz visited Australia, one of the main observations he made was:

    "In Australia, the people drive very close to each other, one after the other… the people don't realise how dangerous this is."

    He went on to say this seems to indicate a lack of driver education, with road users apparently unaware of the danger this presents.

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    I find most Aussie drivers in the major cities in Australia to be uneducated, extremely impatient and rude. Simply, if you have lived in a country in excess of the population here and have to put up with 100 x the amount of cars on the road you learn how to be patient. I have lived in several Asian countries and a few western countries and find that drivers in most western society tend to have less common sense and manners in general. People seem to be in a hurry all the time and consequently road rage is more prevalent. Slow down people, think about others and your behavior!!

    • -1 vote

      Really? Having lived in Vietnam which has no road rules and people dying from road accident 100 times worse than here, I think we learn patient pretty well here. Few (profanity) on the road cannot make up your statistic.

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        @mcp2kpro. I don't think I mentioned road fatalities in my post. If you are comparing developed and developing countries in road fatalities, then yes I agree that countries like China Vietnam, Laos, Cambodia have a higher percentage of road fatalities (due to infrastructure, population, education etc.) than countries like South Korea and Japan.

        According to a survey conducted by LeasePlan UK in 2014 of 3000 drivers from 20 countries, the UK was at the top of the list, followed by France, the Czech Republic, Germany, India, Italy where Australia ranks 9th followed by America at 10th in the world in road rage. Most countries on the list are developed countries.

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          The fatalities in those developing countries caused by ppl having no patient, always in a hurry and ignore road rules. Hence, accidents.
          Please note The study was based on merely 3000 drivers in TOTAL 20 countries. Australia population alone has over 20 mils and VN has 90 mils, not to mention China. Those 3000 drivers means nothing but a statistic they trying to come up with.

    • +1 vote

      I am not sure why you have down-votes, I completely agree with you… +1

      Although I have only been on the road for 17 years myself, living in Melbourne things in that time have really gone downhill. The lack of common sense and skill as you put it are degrading at an alarming rate, the unnecessary aggression is out of control.

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      Not in mainland China.

  • +2 votes

    If you change into my lane resulting in me having to apply the brakes because
    a. you didn't indicate
    b. didn't allow enough time for sufficient gap to develop after indicating your intention

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    Start washing your windshield lol the water will splash onto their windshield and slightly annoy them!

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      rotate the jet head away from your rear windscreen and use food dye as well…? i like where this is going…. :P

      • +1 vote

        Or fill your reservoir with brake fluid.

  • +2 votes

    As my own personal form of punishment for aggressively tailgating me, I like to carefully manoeuvre the tailgater to keep them behind me & pinned next to another car, so they are stuck with no way to overtake. The usually back off pretty quickly when they realise they are stuck.

    • -3 votes

      And doing dumb crap like this is a very quick way to have a set of highbeams + HID driving lights + LED Light bars burning your retinas, or sneaking past via a merge lane and getting brake checked.

      Or lane split and merge ontop of you.

      • +1 vote

        Well that's nice for you but your high beams won't really blind my retinas with my auto dimming rear vision mirror. If you merge on top of me from a merge lane, guess who is going to be paying for the accident damage because you were driving in the incorrect lane? People driving in the main lanes are under no obligation to allow you in, it is at their discretion.

        Just because you think you are a superior driver to everyone else & are exempt from driving courteously to other drivers, doesn't mean you are & frankly it sounds like you drive like an complete (profanity).

        • -2 votes

          Auto dimming only works to a point and once you have 80,000 lumen hitting it it will overwhelm the bluing.

          As for merging, people are scared, you give them the option, either it's the scrub or hit one of my scrub bars. Won't damage my vehicle but sure as it will crush your plastic fantastic.

        • +1 vote

          @Copie: And then you will be paying for it anyway through insurance because you couldn't just drive like a decent person. Again, don't have to let you in & I would be completely within my rights to not allow you in & you would then be at fault for forcing your way in & damaging my car.

        • -2 votes

          @salbee28:

          Camera footage can be amazing things, and easily manipulated.

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          @Copie: Wow, you really are making out that you are basically the scum of the earth here. And if the other person has camera footage, that doesn't really help your case does it.

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          @Copie: I'm done with this, I can't even be bothered conversing with someone so inconsiderate & down right stupid anymore.

  • -1 vote

    OP, your speedo is most likely very off if this happens all the time.

  • +2 votes

    Some people just don't realise they are tail gating.

    Others are just a**holes that think they own the road and drive perfect.

  • +1 vote

    Tailgaters are more dangerous than <10 kmh speeding.

    Tailgaters should be fined.

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    Just move the left or maintain the speed limit. .

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    Install a tailgate deterrent system: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=lWKwk1R01d4

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    Get out of the way…

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    I always choose to ignore. If I'm in your situation last night, I would have slow down by easing on the accelerator.

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    I don't tailgate but reading that you're in the left lane as you should be, I'm damned if I know the problem.
    People shouldn't be going slow in the right lane, EVEN if you're doing the limit. Speeders, idiots as they may be, are going faster and should be in the right hand lane.

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    Your speedo might be reading slightly off, you can double check accuracy vs the speed shown on a GPS device.
    In mine it's reading about 4km/h under, in my mum's car about 5-6 km/h under.

    • +1 vote

      Doesn't matter if he's going at 10kph, he's in the left lane. Anyone wanting to go faster can go right and overtake.

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    Tailgating is a way to save petrol. especially if you do a lot of driving on highways. Look at F1 - they tailgate all the time at speeds of 250+ kph!! Its legit but not legal (yet) way to save the planet and trees and prevent global warming. The problem is the size of the slipstream. The slower you go the shorter the slipstream is. So at 90kph you need to be within 12 metres of the car to have a sizeable reduction of air friction and improvement in fuel consumption. Any more than that and there is an increase in friction due to air turbulence. At 120 kph you can sit within 20 metres of the car in front and be in the slip stream. Trucks are the best - you can reduce your consumption to half normal value if you spent enough time tailgating those. They are real friendly about it too and will notify you if there's an obstacle in front by flashing lights briefly so you can start breaking early. Try it for yourself and be amazed!

    • +1 vote

      I slip stream trucks all the time and there is no way you use half the fuel. Tops 1L/100km at 100kmh ish. You just aren't going fast enough for it to make a difference, the trucks and cars barely create a low pressure zone at that speed.

      Also it's brake.

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        you're just not getting close enough
        from Mythbusters:

        • In scaled wind-tunnel tests, driving 100 feet behind a semi at 55 mph will reduce drag on your car by 40%. The drag reduction increases as you approach the bumper of the truck until you get a 93% drag reduction at a distance of 2 feet.

        • In road tests, the testers achieved an almost 20% improvement in gas mileage at a distance of 100 feet (at 55 mph) and a 45% improvement at 10 feet.

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          Yeah that just doesn't work in the real world. Try it yourself. Lock your cruise control on, get in close. You might see a drop from 7L to 6L on your trip computer if you are lucky.

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      It's also why you will see trucks travelling in convoy, close up.

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    Cruise control is the great leveler. Tailgaters start to become irrelevant when you stick the cruise on, you don't have to look in your mirror, you can just relax and concentrate on the traffic elsewhere around you.
    And I agree with other posters here, Melbourne drivers are crazy, extremely aggressive and inconsiderate.
    As for why tailgaters do it, i think it seems to be a general attitude of the modern car driver that they "own the road", anyone else who is driving on "their road" should bow down and yield whenever possible.

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    Don't know why the person tailgated you in the situation you described, you were not doing anything wrong. Do you by any chance drive a "rich" car on your P-plates?

    When I get tailgated, sometimes I'll turn on my rear fog lights (which pretty much look like my brake lights to me) and I always laugh on the inside when I'm travelling at exactly the same speed as I was but the tailgater slows down :D Always gets them.

  • +1 vote

    I feel for you. I always do the speed limit and have to put up with some horrible tailgaters out in Midland (WA). I try to ignore them even though they're basically threatening your life with their games, and if they're being really obnoxious I just gently slow down to 10 under until they go away; and if they're still tailgating I've even gone 20 under. By that stage they zoom off.

    I hate them so much. I hope they die, but without taking our innocent lives with them.

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    It seems strange for the person to tailgate you on a multi lane road, ppl mostly tailgate cos they are in a rush so usually the person just changes lane and speeds off. If someone tailgates me i just stick to the speed limit, dont feel i should have to accomadate them

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    How do you stop others doing it.. You tell them to get up half an hour earlier and that driving up someones ass wont get them there quicker

  • +2 votes

    Lol just last week I was in a 40 km/hour zone so I slowed down to 40, the guy behind went right up my ass for a while and then couldn't take it so he changed lanes and gave me an evil stare like I was going too slow for going at the correct speed.
    My anger just instantly went up so high, thinking how he even dared to question me for going at the correct speed.

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    I honestly think there are a fair few drivers out there who don't have to skill or confidence to overtake. As they get nervous, or don't want to overtake they prefer to pressure you into going faster.

    Although not specifically relevant to the OP, however others have discussed tailgating in the far right lane I thought I'd also add my 2 cents. I find that if someone is going below the speed limit in the right lane and you follow at the recommended approx 3 seconds distance they will almost never move over. You have to drop the following distance down to 1.5-2 seconds for them to get the message that they are holding up traffic. That's my experience anyway of driving 1.5hrs of highway each day to work.

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    Take your foot off the accelerator, shift to a lower gear and smile at them in the rear view mirror as they panic. ;)

    Ideally just move to the left or slowly and steadily reduce your speed if you are already in the left lane until they make a decision to overtake.

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    Maybe you're being drafted for some fuel savings!

  • +2 votes

    When I get a tailgater behind me on the motorbike, I like to tap the breaks lightly a couple of times to flash my tail light at them, then if they persist I just slow down. Eventually they either get the message, or overtake me & bugger off. Either way, they're no longer a danger to me.

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      that must really suck when that happens on your moto….some drivers just have no clue on how to share road space (especially with other more vulnerable traffic) just no consideration for others safety

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        I mean, I could shoot off at a great rate of knots, but that'll just get me booked & irritate other drivers trying to do the right thing. I just know how it'll turn out if I do have to stop suddenly.

        I've been riding for a long time now though. I've no doubt I make sure it sucks more to be the person tailgating me ;-)

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    From a distance I witness what appears to be a hooded man holding a knife who is slowly emerging from your back seat. I inch forward for a closer look. As my suspicions are confirmed do I ram the car or alert you with my horn?

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    If I'm in the right most lane I move over.

    If I'm in the middle I'll slow by 5km/hr under the limit and ignore until they overtake

    If I'm in the left lane I intentionally slow by at least 30-50km/hr as a (profanity) off gesture

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    Why worry what the guy behind you is thinking.
    Spend more time concentrating on the road, some people think its the correct distance.
    Everyone will prob get upset by what ive said but whatever.

    If some guy is up my ass i just flick the switch on the mirror so i cant see him.
    I will go at the speed i want and nobody is making me change.
    Just ignore them.

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    Call police if you have handsfree.

    Say you feel your life and safty is threathen by a vechicle high speed tailgating you. Provide them with REGO and rough location.

    Maybe the cops will take the case?

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    a good tip for night time tailgaters is to straighten out your rear view mirror as in parallel to the windscreen. This way you don't get the headlight glare its reflected straight back at them, also works well when you have someone behind you shinning full beam.

  • -1 vote

    I suggest this:

    1) Mount a "Hypersonic speaker" on yoir rear parcel tray pointing in the direction of driver in rear vehicle

    2) Play the "bowel resonance frequency"

    For those that dont know, hypersonic speakers are used in anti-terrorism. Aimed at buildings playing a high dB noise. The sound can only be heard by those in direct line of site of the speaker cone. The bowel resonance frequency "encourages" your bowels to push what its storing.

    And the speaker can be purchased from eBay for like $400

  • +1 vote

    (Not referring to the OP)
    I think the problem is people not driving on the speed limit. And when they realised they are cars behind, they don't move to the left lane quick enough. If you are not overtaking and not turning right soon, stick to the left. Many people don't know about this. These people deserved to be shot! (I mean tailgate)

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      many people dont know this is only mandated on roads over 80kmh either

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        Even though it's only mandated on roads over 80kmh, doesn't mean some people should drive 60kmh on a 80kmh road. I guess it's just being considerate to other road users.

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          Had someone do 40km/h in a 80km/h! What the hell! Didn't know it was turtle day on the M4 :(

          Demonstration of the use of cruise control should be mandatory in driver's license test. Would definitely make traffic a lot smoother.

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      Yeah just have to pass them via the left then. I admit though it is frustrating on a single lane and the person infront does like 30kmh

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    Perhaps they were just slip streaming you in order to save on some petrol. lol

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    If someone tailgates me I tap on the breaks a few times, if that doesn't work I slow down (safely) so they can bugger off. As a last resort I might change lanes or even pull over just so I wont have to deal with an idiot

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    OP - why slow down to 80,82,83 if you weren't hogging the far righ tlane (which some do at times, hence i can understand some who want to speed tailgate to push their way through) but were in fact on the far left lane, just push your cruise control on or stick to your 90. the other lanes are free, and the way i see it I couldn't care less if they're tailgating me on an open road when im doing the limit. The way i see it - if anything happens it's up to them to 'stop' in time, so you won't be in troubel, only them if they do hit you.

    Abit of a ballsy 'dont care' attitude but i don't see why you'd have to slow down to 80,82, 83 etc to prove your point.

    • +2 votes

      Probably because she doesn't want someone crashing into the back of her at 90km/h. Being not at-fault won't be much consolation when you are in hospital with a broken neck.

      • +1 vote

        That is exactly why! Thank you. :) Didn't need the drama at 2am on a deserted motorway with some loony behind me.

  • +1 vote

    I live in Sydney, In stop start traffic (normal traffic in Syd) if you don't tailgate the person in front another car will push in and you'll go further back in the line. I wish I could drive at a relaxed pace but others will take advantage.

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    They Obviously want your first born child…

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    I have a tailgating friend. We were driving separate cars on a country road, and she was tailgating the car in front for 10km. I was angry, and also embarrassed that she was my friend. Maybe she was taught in city traffic to not have too much distance in front? Anyway, I backed off so that I was like 500m back from her to give her a hint, but to no avail. I didn't know what to say to her afterwards. Sometimes I've noticed that my criticisms make people more nervous in future and so they might actually create an accident. She might have even been proud of her consistent driving performance.

    Tailgating is such a weird thing. But some people have blind-sports in their personalities. What about people who don't brush their teeth? Completely weird, but it happens. And then they wonder why people avoid them. What about people who pee on toilet seats? Weird. And what happens when women finally realise their boyfriend pees on the toilet seat? Horror!

  • +8 votes

    I've been driving for about 30 years and in that time in my experience most people who tailgate do it to 'encourage' the driver who is blocking traffic in the right lane to move over. I don't generally do it because it is dangerous, but if someone tailgates me, even if I'm doing the speed limit or faster I always move over and let them go. I just think that's driver etiquette, and those who hog the road claiming some moral high ground because they are doing the correct speed limit and have every right to stay in the right lane are self-centered morons IMHO (what you've never been in a hurry? never sped? ever?). Occasionally I notice a tailgating driver maintains their speed when I let them go, or goes slower, or even pulls in behind me and continues to tailgate…that is the sign of a bad driver who can't judge speed adequately and sits far too close all the time so that it has just become a habit. That's what causes all the multi car pileups on the Gold Coast M1 (and the tradies who don't tie down their shit). My wife tends to tailgate because she is short sighted and can see better sitting on someones tail. Her father tends to sit just over the white line because his perception is slightly skewed. At least they know about this though, cause I've told them!

    However there does seem to be an attitude among some drivers, especially Northern-Central regional NSW that you slow down below the speed limit in a single lane on the freeway and then speed up for the overtaking lane. In that situation I have been know to briefly tailgate in certain situations so that my car can get around them in an overtaking lane in time. I always get dirty looks when I do that but seriously I have better things to do than lose half my day dealing with someones terrible driving style.

    Don't get me started on Sydney drivers, if you even attempt to leave 3 second gap between your car and the one in front you'll have a lorry and two sedans cut in.

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      deserves 2x likes

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        Perth Freeway is the same.

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      I understand your wife and father's positions, but irrespective of their reasons, one is a permanent tailgater and one doesn't keep his car on the road.

      Can't decent glasses fix their problems? They are posing a risk on the roads.

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      completely agree!!

  • +1 vote

    All those dumb tailgaters that do it even though people are doing the speed limit, imagine this…. If you're walking down a street and all of a sudden some stranger starts walking right behind. How would you feel? Its no different when drivin. Common sense. Don't invade peoples personal space or one day you will be given a SMACK DOWN.

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    The other driver is probably on drugs… seems to be common these days

  • +4 votes

    I went from my place to my parents place (30 minutes drive).

    Got stuck behind someone doing 50 in a 60 zone (Happens all the time)
    Then
    Got stuck behind someone doing 80 in a 100 zone and 70 around corners.

    I want people to do the posted speed limit and drive safely.
    Not 80 in a straight line.

    If you are going to obstruct traffic for no apparent reason. Don't.
    Just pull over and allow the line of traffic behind you to pass.
    No need to be a D**K if you can't drive properly.
    We need to share the road… So don't hog it, please share.

    • +2 votes

      I want people to do the posted speed limit and drive safely.

      Or at the very least 5km under the speed limit.
      Hate people who go 20km under the speed limit in clear traffic conditions.
      That's not being safe, that's being a turtle. :(

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        Especially you don't have the power in your b class to speed up again :-))

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        I'm happy if everyone can do 90% of the speed limit. The only time it really cheeses me off is when their in the right hand lane, and they match the speed of slowcoach next to them.
        But, thats what the horn is for :)

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    Maybe you just have a magnifying rear-view mirror?

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    I just drove even SLOWER if I notice anyone doing it to me. It both pisses them off and is legally the correct thing to do. But then again, I drive a really old and crappy car that I don't care if it gets damaged…

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    I tailgate all the time. Then when I speed past the loser whose granny shifting and not double clutching like you should, I throw my jenkem bottle at their car.

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    so many posts of these posts are irrelevant to helping the op.

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    Their lives are empty and meaningless and they just wan't acknowledge from somebody…….anybody…..it's a cry for help.

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    Why do you get tailgated? You're either going way slow or the driver behind you is a dick. You should never go from the speed reading of your car, gps is the only true accurate measure. If you're speedo says you're doing the limit then you're most likely going somewhat slower. My current car was about 5% out and my old car was about 10%.

    How to deal with it? If you're on a single lane road then consider pulling out of the way to allow the car through. You achieve nothing by blocking someone that wants to pass you. I'd say it makes you just as much of a dick as the tailgater. If on double lanes then simply slow down, don't break check as that is quite dangerous.

    I think it's important to keep a clear head and consider why someone is tailgating you and if there is a way for you to simply get out of their way or let them through. It's really the easiest way of dealing with the situation.

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    I just have to come up here to post this as it just happened to me on Tulla Freeway.

    I was happily travelling on my right lane, afar I saw a truck driving slowly and another car behind it in the middle lane. As I approached them the car behind the truck decided to over take the truck using right lane, but failed to match the speed of the right lane! I became extremely close to the and had to move two lanes across on the left to overtake both the truck and the car. Guess what car it was? Corolla with a P plate on it.

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    Tailgating can improve fuel economy! Haha which i do believe it's true. I read an article about autopilot truck, it mentioned as the speed goes up, most of the energy or power is wasted in drag.

    But, unless you are that advanced!

    2017 Mercedes-Benz Trucks Highway Pilot Connect
    (https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=2JThGsumMdg)

  • -1 vote

    Lucky I got extremely bright rear fog lights. If someone tailgates me, I simply blind them with it.

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    Generally I think the tailgaters are just ignorant.

    If you catch up to another car and overtake then they'll just sit on the tail of that car. If you change lanes, they will speed up.

    Basically they have no concept of the speed they are going or the distance/time to the car in front.

    They shouldn't be on the roads, and if the government was serious about road safety then they would kick them off.

  • +1 vote

    Some people are just assholes?. It's about all the explanation I have got for you, sorry mate!

    I'm assuming you're young if you're a P-Plater not that it matters, all I'm getting at is you're probably still naive enough to think people have good enough reasons to do the screwy stuff they do! But you'll soon learn to not even try and find the solution as to 'why' some people do ludicrous, hypocritical, dangerous things that they do.

    Especially when they wouldn't accept that same behaviour from others. It's just arrogant humanity I'm afraid. You'll be older and jaded like us soon enough! LOL!

    (Please take this post in the semi tongue-in-cheek nature as it was intended.)

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    The most scary incident I had with a tailgater was when I had the brakes re-lubed on my car…the mechanic removed the wheels, re-lubed my brake pads and tightened the pedal at my last service after the brake fluid flush.

    I was still getting used to the "new" brakes (for some reason they had a lot more "bite" in them after the service)…so this tailgater comes right up my car's arse on the freeway (M80), in the middle lane at 100kph GPS-indicated. I gently tap the brakes like I would to flash my brake lights and him, and my car nearly pulls over…nek minnit, there's screeching behind me, and luckily I stayed composed enough to accelerate slightly the moment I heard the screeching.

    I pulled over at the next servo and took a breather…and re-calibrated my feet for the new brake sensitivity.

    • +1 vote

      Holy crap! Hahah sorry I shouldn't laugh, but I did. Kinda serves the tailgater right. At the same time, shows how dangerous it could be.
      So you went from the mechanic straight onto the freeway without having noticed how sensitive your brakes were now? Eek.

      I notice a change in sensitivity often, just because of different shoes, eg runners vs sandals vs ballet flats vs thongs.. they all feel so different that the first few minutes of the drive, I need to get used to them again.

      • +1 vote

        I drove on suburban roads for a bit and didn't feel much difference…it's a bit difficult to describe, but the pedal became quite non-linear…the first couple of inches felt the same, it's only when pushed in even more when the brakes "bit" a lot more…

        Previously it was almost linear, after the service the brakes had much more grip just towards the lower half of the pedal's travel…

        I agree with the shoes as well…I try not to drive in my runners or rain boots, the soles are too thick for me to feel the throttle or brake with any precision

        I had no intention of brake-checking him (I like my car too much for some idiot to merge their bonnet with my boot)

  • +1 vote

    to OP
    I have heard theories that close tailgating is an effective technique to hypermiling
    https://en.wikipedia.org/wiki/Energy-efficient_driving

    just intrude on the effectiveness of their slipstream

    by gently wipe off 5 kph then rapid pickup 5 kph this varying speed this will ruin their slipstream gliding (no sudden accident braking)

    The lack of consistent speed will wipe out their perceived benefits
    and probably give up using your lane

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      Love it, thanks! Fascinating - I didn't know about this.