ANSWERS: 54
  • I go progressively slower and slower...they eventually lose patience and pass. I do this very gradually as to be almost unnoticeable.
  • I slow down gradually (or even change down a gear to slow down without braking), but if they look agressive I will just get out of the way, you never know what nut is behind the wheel of a car.
  • The common theme here seems to be to go slower until the obnoxious fool passes you. This is my strategy too. However, there is something that I have often though would be a cool addition to a car. that would be a scrolling LED message bar with a few preprogrammed messages in it. I would set it up so that the driver could quickly select one of the messages with only a minimal amount of effort. One of the messages that would would program into such a bar would be, "If you will stop riding my bumper, I'll go faster." That way, you tell tell tailgater what they have to do to get you to go faster.
  • I will normally slow down. If i an really in a foul mood i will quickly hit the brakes then accelerate again. It seems to work as it scares the living daylights out of them.
  • If going slower does not work, I spit out and up. The wind resistence, if timed propery will allow my phlem to land appropriately on their windshield in a fashionable manner. If said tailgator insists on flashing his highbeams, as many around my neck of the woods do, I will "school" them. Schooling is a technique I learned from a fellow deffensive driver. It consists of speeding up to the next vehicle traveling in the same direction in the other lane, provided you are traveling on a 4 lane highway. At the moment of positioning your vehicle directly side by side to the one you sped up to, you set your cruise control at his speed. Now the two of you are traveling the same direction, in the two lanes, at the same speed, and said tailgater can only pound his dashboard out of frustration. I only brake check tailgaters when there are no other vehicles in the vicinity, because I would not want to be resopnsible for innocent travelers to be harmed by my actions. I consider tailgating and being cut off as wreckless endangerment, and take the law into my own hands. I also consider any more-serious attemps to attack me as I am driving as assault with a deadly weapon such as swerving at me, brake checking me, throwing things, and forcing me off the road. I will enforce the laws as I see fit in these respects, and have been known to utilize my Louisville Slugger, my pellet gun to shoot out mirrors and lights, and on one occasion I busted out a grill of a speeding semi with a frozen can of Mountain Dew, because he was 3 inches from my bumper for almost 5 minutes, he then proceeded to attempt to ram me into the ditch, but missed, as I calculated his reaction, and prepared. I HATE ASS RIDERS! Retaliation is dangerous, illeagal, and I do NOT reccomend it to anyone....
  • I keep tapping the brake now and then just to piss them off, its not really safe to tailgate. If an accident up ahead had of occurred then there would'nt be enough time for tailgater to apply the breaks this resulting in them to crash into the vehicle in front.
  • use you rear bumper...thats what its for
  • Well, I slow down, gradually getting slower. Usually that works, and they pass you. Sometimes, that just causes them to get closer to your bumper. At which time, I notice a squirrel in the lane, and have to hit the brakes...
  • I make it very easy for them to pass me.
  • Really it depends on how pissed off you get. SLOW down.....if they hit you then they hit you. I have been so mad before from somebody tailgating me that i followed them and politely went off.... Thats how we do it in the south.. :)
  • At the first safe opportunity I ease over onto the shoulder and let them by.
  • slow down a bit. if that doesn't work, tap the brakes. if doesn't work, watch out, i'm lockin em down.
  • i will call a police and take the plate no. for an agressive driving
  • My college roommate has a bumper sticker that says "Sorry for driving so close in front of you!"
  • slow down, it annoys then worse then me.
  • Stay the speed limit.
  • This reminds me of one of my few opportunities to get sweet revenge on a tailgater. The 'prick' as i have named him was driving over the speed limit about one mile behind me as i was turning onto a rural 55 in Oregon. By the time he got to me I was still accelerating and he wasn't happy with my 0-60 time apparently. I waited a few minutes and eventually slowed down to 35. With this he passed me in a double yellow and informed me of my number one status. neglecting to notice the biker cop driving right behind him. i pulled over and notified the cop about his gesture. His car was towed. yay.
  • Slow down and when I am sure we can see each other in my rear view mirror I flip them off...
  • I adjust my rear-view mirror so I can't see their grille filling up my back window, and drive on as I normally do. If they are tailgating me, it's their problem, not mine.
  • i used to get really pissy but anymore they aren't worth the trouble of me losing my temper
  • I drive ridiculously slow... ugh... so annoying.
  • I continue at my current speed, and then smile, wave, and give thumbs up when they pass me (if I'm in a smartass mood).
  • Move to the other lane or pull of the road for 1 minute, works every time.
  • I had a guy tailgating me that wouldn't pass on a long open stretch of road in the daytime. My friend climbed over into the back seat and acted like he was taking a picture of the guy. Guess what--the guy backed way off and never got close again.
  • Sorry but if it bothers me that much I move out of the way let him go. I once did this and passed him further down the road in a pile up. If I had held him up slowed down and carried on that pile up could have had me in it. Let them go.
  • My wife actually came up with this idea and it works a psychological nightmare for the tailgater. She politely reaches over and hits the emergency flashers. the tailgater goes ballistic, not knowing exactly whats going on inside your vehicle or if theres trouble ahead on the road. Yeah, it works just fine and dandy. Try it. watch the front end come down on a tailgater. Its all psychological.............
  • i just slow down and if im feeling really naughty and its dark i put my fog lights on they soon back off then, they have no choice they cant see
  • I put just enough pressure on the brake to make the lights come on or slow down..depending on my mood.
  • I sometimes turn on my rear wiper washer. I never hit the brakes. I sometimes slow down but this never seems t o help. Today someone was tailgating me and I used the washers. I also singled early for my right turn and slowed down. He proceeded to speed around the left side of my truck missing me by about 3 feet or less. He then cut right in front of me. New York is full of a$$hole drivers. New Jersey is worst.
  • Flip him off.
  • Brake.
  • I come to a stop ... when they stop behind me ; I get out and go back for a little talk .... I usually end up with an apology .. before we leave . +5
  • Slam on the brakes.
  • pull over slowly and let that narcissistic punk go
  • Pump my brakes!!
  • I drive slowwwwww!!!
  • I drive ever so slightly slower and slower until they wake up from their nap or cell phone call or whatever is narcotizing them and then they pass me. If that still does not wake them up, I'll put on my turn signal as if I'm turning into a driveway up ahead and that will make them pass.
  • I slam on the breaks, let him hit me, then I call the cops and complain the them about having severe back pains. JK.
  • Very interesting question............on monday my wife got rear-ended by an SUV because she slowed down at a yellow light. The lady was pissed because she assumed she was going through the yellow.
  • Nothing...I need a free paint job. +5
  • Well I used to go faster and faster until I got a ticket and the guy behind me got away. Now, I pull over and wave them on. I love when they feel stupid because they got by me but they can't get any further than that due to the traffic that's in front of the rest of the cars!
  • I ride the brakes
  • I slow down to where they're practically sitting. They pass pretty fast.
  • I move into the next lane, if that is possible, if not I just ignore them.
  • Depends on the circumstances. I am a master at p*ssing people like that off, if I feel like it. I can also drive pretty d*mned aggressively, if I want to lose them. But mostly, I just ignore them and let them eventually pass me and leave. However, regardless of what I am thinking about doing, I NEVER lose sight of the fact that I do NOT know how dangerous the person may be. Nor do I lose sight of how dangerous my own actions might be, both to myself and others. I may: -Slow down. -Drive EXACTLY the speed limit. -Set things up to allow him to pass. -Drive to safer neighborhoods...even a local police department. -Lose the guy in traffic. -Tap brakes. -Use my windshield wipers and fluid excessively. (Overspray gets on his windshield.) -Call 911, *HP, or local police department if necessary. -Run him off the road, if I had to. -Defend myself with whatever force required if he turns out to be dangerously into road rage. -Record description of vehicle and driver, as well as location. And probably a few other choices, too.
  • Slow down a bit, usually to the exact speed limit until I notice they're about to pass. As they change lanes I speed up to match theirs for a bit but then let them go so I don't end up shot.
  • most likely i slow down or just dont change what im doing
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  • I had a convertible on the highway do that to me; gave them a shower with the windshield wash fluid. After a few 1 finger salutes, at me, they backed off. ;)
  • Just keep going where I'm going. Here in Los Angeles we call this "driving".
  • Antagonize them relentlessly
  • i stop, get out of the car, and show that shitbag that im more agressive than him
  • I'll get over if I can. You never know if there's an emergency they're trying to get to. Otherwise, if I CAN'T get over. . . .I flip the review mirror up and I ignore them. It's THEIR problem. . . . not MINE!
  • In my younger more agressive Z28 Camaro and Nova SS days I would slow to slightly below the spped limit. When they were right on my ass I would drop it into the lowest gear possible and slam on the brakes. As their headlights would dip I would hit 5,000RPM and dump the clutch and leave them in an acrid cloud of tire smoke. These days I slow to the speed limit, set the cruise and drive with my left tires on the edge of the yellow lines. Since tailgaters usually like to offset to the left they get to look at the tractor trailers in the oncoming traffic.

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