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  # 247591 17-Aug-2009 12:28
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I would have thought going down a hill would be a more important place to enforce the speed limits, as your slopping distances are reduced by gravity, and make you less able to avoid any obstacles that may jump out at you. This seems like a good place to do it IMHO.

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  # 247619 17-Aug-2009 12:59
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I am always amazing at how important other people's lives are that they can justify speeding, unsafe overtaking and tailing gating just to save a few minutes (or less). I often wonder if there isn't something else going on here, such as people being upset that I'm driving to the speed limit and leaving a safe distance between me and the car in front, but again, they must be more important than me. If you tail gate me while I am doing the speed limit and you can not overtake me, then I WILL slow down. If you beep, I'll slow more.

 
 
 
 


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  # 247625 17-Aug-2009 13:05
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patatrat: I am always amazing at how important other people's lives are that they can justify speeding, unsafe overtaking and tailing gating just to save a few minutes (or less). I often wonder if there isn't something else going on here, such as people being upset that I'm driving to the speed limit and leaving a safe distance between me and the car in front, but again, they must be more important than me. If you tail gate me while I am doing the speed limit and you can not overtake me, then I WILL slow down. If you beep, I'll slow more.


Yep because slowing down and frustrating even more people is certainly safe.  you speed up for passing lanes so the "unsafe" drivers cant pass you?




For billions of years since the outset of time, every single one of your ancestors survived, every single person on your Mum and Dads side, successfully looked after and passed onto you life.  What are the chances of that like?

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  # 247627 17-Aug-2009 13:06
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No, of course not, I let them pass.

EDIT: I want to make it clear that I don't really care if they speed, I care if they try to force me to speed up while I am doing the speed limit. If they wish to break the law, fine. But they are also trying to intimidate me into breaking the law by following me at an unsafe distance.

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  # 247654 17-Aug-2009 13:28
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patatrat: No, of course not, I let them pass.

EDIT: I want to make it clear that I don't really care if they speed, I care if they try to force me to speed up while I am doing the speed limit. If they wish to break the law, fine. But they are also trying to intimidate me into breaking the law by following me at an unsafe distance.

I'm with you, patatrat.

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  # 247657 17-Aug-2009 13:32
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bazzer:
patatrat: No, of course not, I let them pass.

EDIT: I want to make it clear that I don't really care if they speed, I care if they try to force me to speed up while I am doing the speed limit. If they wish to break the law, fine. But they are also trying to intimidate me into breaking the law by following me at an unsafe distance.

I'm with you, patatrat.


Same, if I'm doing the speed limit and someone's sitting right on my bumper I slow down to about 80, not to frustrate them (well that's not the main reason) but if I have to break suddenly and they slam into the back of me at 80km/h there's a higher chance of survival than at 100km/h. Trying to muscle someone out of the way is bloody stupid.

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  # 247718 17-Aug-2009 15:19
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Changing down 2 gears and rev matching, followed by sudden decelleration without brake lights will scare the poop out of them.
The only problem is, you need to know what to do if they're stupid enough to only rely on brake lights to tell when someone infront of them is slowing down.
Which is why I don't recommend it.

 
 
 
 


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  # 247741 17-Aug-2009 15:50
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Adamal: Changing down 2 gears and rev matching, followed by sudden decelleration without brake lights will scare the poop out of them.


As most drivers that tail gate are not the smartest or greatest drivers in the world, I would personally avoid doing this; it may result to modifications to the rear end of your car. Also, I find that a number of tail gaters have anger issues (hence the intimating driving). If you have to stop at a red light, or pull over, it may result in modifications to the front end of your face. 

I find a gentle slow down to an annoying (but safe) speed generally gets the message across, followed by prompt speeding up to a safe driving speed once they decide to follow at a safe distance. 

In fact, the defensive driving course I took years ago (to reduce the time needed to get a full licence) recommended slowing down when being tail gated. I am sure many others do it too.

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  # 247742 17-Aug-2009 15:53
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On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that




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  # 247747 17-Aug-2009 16:00
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Balchy: On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that


Oh how I have DREAMED of having something like that.....

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  # 247748 17-Aug-2009 16:01
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Balchy: On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that


Wouldn't that be classed as texting :)


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  # 247749 17-Aug-2009 16:02
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Bung:
Balchy: On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that


Wouldn't that be classed as texting :)



HAHA! Touche good sir




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  # 247751 17-Aug-2009 16:02
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Balchy:
patatrat: I am always amazing at how important other people's lives are that they can justify speeding, unsafe overtaking and tailing gating just to save a few minutes (or less). I often wonder if there isn't something else going on here, such as people being upset that I'm driving to the speed limit and leaving a safe distance between me and the car in front, but again, they must be more important than me. If you tail gate me while I am doing the speed limit and you can not overtake me, then I WILL slow down. If you beep, I'll slow more.


Yep because slowing down and frustrating even more people is certainly safe.  you speed up for passing lanes so the "unsafe" drivers cant pass you?



The "correct" procedure when you're being tailgated is indeed to slow down and increase your following distance from the car in front. Makes perfect sense.

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  # 247754 17-Aug-2009 16:05
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Adamal:
Balchy: On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that


Oh how I have DREAMED of having something like that.....


Like one of these?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=223348533

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  # 247756 17-Aug-2009 16:07
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Paulthagerous:
Adamal:
Balchy: On Top Gear a while back, they had an programmable LED message board - oh the fun you could have with that


Oh how I have DREAMED of having something like that.....


Like one of these?

http://www.trademe.co.nz/Browse/Listing.aspx?id=223348533


Epic.....now to convince my wife that I need it!




For billions of years since the outset of time, every single one of your ancestors survived, every single person on your Mum and Dads side, successfully looked after and passed onto you life.  What are the chances of that like?

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