lrz wrote:1 car tailgating(10 ft or so) me at 55mph speed limit,
When that happens to me (on the bike) and for some reason I don't want to speed up (probability of speed trap ahead, low on fuel, engine knocking, etc), or if speeding up does not shake the guy off my tail, these tactics work 99.9% of the time:
1) An exaggerated simulated rear view mirror adjustment.
2) A few quick brake light flashes while swerving erratically or simulating a wobble.
3) An exorcist like head turn around to look at the guy following me for a second or two.
4) A middle finger salute
For the other 0.1% who just don't get it, I will use my indicator, squeeze right onto the shoulder and wave them by.
I think most people (soccer moms, etc) who tailgate are not doing so consciously aggressively, they're just daydreaming and not aware of how close they are.
I've been rear ended twice in my life, the most recent was 1980; Both times by ''friends
' on their bikes.
(No, it wasn't Rob V and Veg).
Also, don't assume that when your speedo indicates 55, you are actually going 55.
You're probably not. You're probably going under 50.
BTW - I never got a ticket for going only 5-10mph over the limit.
Have any of you guys?