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Safety around irresponsible drivers
On SCOA, it seems we talk a lot about how safe our cars are in accidents, and how structurally safe our cars are. This past week, some unsafe driving by others has prompted me to start this discussion though.
Do you experience other drivers "picking on" your smart and intentionally treating you poorly on the road? If so, how do you deal with it or what precautions do you take?
I'll start with my experiences this week:
4 times this week, I have had drivers flash their high beams at me, even in the right and center lanes on the highway. The speed limit on the two main roads I use here, Rt. 4 and I-95 in Rhode Island have a speed limit of 55. You'll usually find me cruising between 55 and 65 in the right lane (when merging into and off of the highway) and in the center lane when up to speed and traveling. On a two lane road, I stay on the right, unless somebody is moving unreasonably slow. In one instance, I had gone into the left lane doing 70 to pass somebody doing 45. Immediately a Saab sped up, rode my bumper and flashed their high beams repeatedly (blinding me in the process). I got back over when I safely could. The other times, I was in the right lane when traffic merging in from the right (two lanes merging from an on ramp, creating a new right lane where I was). I had slowed down to the flow of traffic as two lanes were merging into the one I was in. People started flashing their high beams at me when they could have moved into the left and passed.
Today was particularly scary. A large lifted Ford truck was riding my bumper on an exit ramp with a 40mph speed limit (I was still doing 50). As I got off the exit, I slowed down to try and get him to pass me since there was a left lane, and he continued to ride my bumper. He then sped up, got in front of me, and proceeded to do half the speed limit (presumably to upset me) and wouldn't let me pass. He eventually pulled aside me and tried to have a stare down, and I think he even gestured a little that he was going to run me off the road. Even worse, he was pulling over at each exit we passed on the road we were now on to anticipate which I was getting off at to tailgate and follow me. I didn't shake him until I drove about 5-6 miles out of my way through an unfamiliar neighborhood. If I didn't lose him, flying spaghetti monster knows what he could have done (slash my tires, injure me, kill me?)
I know if I was in my old supercharged Buick, I wouldn't have been in any of these situations. It seems people go out of their way to pick on my car on the highway, and don't seem to mind risking the safety of me and other drivers on the road. Thanks for reading, and I'd like to hear some of your experiences (good and bad) and how you dealt with them.
Last edited by ColonelPan1c; 12-16-2012 at 07:35 PM.