People in California almost never get out of the way. So what most people do is tailgate when someone won’t get out of the way or flash their lights. Then the person still doesn’t get out of the way and starts braking on you or tries to ram you. Or they flip you off, throw things at you, or try to shoot you. Or they chase you home. So ultimately tailgating is pointless and dangerous. I had a few close calls where I had to brake and slide the car to avoid hitting someone. After that I quit tailgating. If someone tailgates you, get out of the way so they can pass. Or, start braking! If they ram you, the accident is their fault (if you live) and they’ll have to pay. Of course it’s California so you’ll likely get an illegal without insurance.
Something that really pisses me off is when I’m in a long line of cars, can’t go anywhere or do anything, yet I have some jackass on my rear bumper riding
me like it’s my fault.
I’m all for tailgating in the proper situations, but there are certain rules…
Reasons to tailgate
If someone has NO ONE ahead of them or is leaving some huge gap between cars, and is themselves totally responsible for holding you up, then I tailgate. I
usually don’t do this so much on the freeway, more so on 2 lane roads, but I do this to the fast lane hoggers like big 4x4s, Vans, and wankers.
Quite often this doesn’t get you anywhere, but sometimes they see you up their ass and decide to get out of the way. To me it worth all the
trouble of those times where they won’t get out of the way just for the few times it actually pays off.
I never get TOO close, just enough to piss them off. I always leave enough room to stop if they pull the anti-tailgate move on me.
If it’s night I lean my car to the left to make sure my headlights are shining in their side mirror.
Sometimes I do the flash the light thing if it’s day, but that doesn’t usually work. Sometimes it does tho. It at least lets them know you’re back there on their ass.
Reasons NOT to tailgate
If it’s raining or foggy, or whatever, don’t tailgate. Leave big spaces.. You only want to tailgate under optimal conditions.
IF there are ways around them
One day we were driving to San Diego with Chris’ nutty ex-girlfriend. She was hot, but she turned out to be some pyscho. Anyway, we were on the
I15 south and there was like 5 lanes but she insisted on tailgating someone in the fastlane. And I mean she was up on them. I was like the typical
backseat driver (I was actually in the backseat): Uh hello, why not go around them? She says something like they have to get out of my way. That’s totally
unacceptable. There is no reason to tailgate if you have some way to get around them.
If they are boxed in
If there is some huge line of cars and the people have no way to get out of the way, then just back off. The worst are those people who ride you when you
have no way of doing anything about it. I guess they imagine you will ride the person ahead or pull off and start some chain reaction that gets them ahead. WHATEVER!
If they are dangerous
Don’t be tailgating those gang members or trucks full of bad boys or anyone you know could F you up or might not give a rat’s ass if they nail you with
their car. Mess with the best, die like the rest.
Tailgate Counter Move
If you get someone riding you, you can do two things, brake really fast and/or slow down really slow. I do that to tailgaters if they won’t back off. I make them go super slow on the freeway or road. Then if they try to pass me I take off again. I’m sure someday this will get me in trouble but I do it on people I know I can take, like girls and old people! 🙂