December 13, 2012 8:45 AM Subscribe
How do I deal with or avoid being tailgated? Any tips or tricks would be greatly appreciated.
posted by galvanized unicorn to Travel & Transportation (53 answers total) 10 users marked this as a favorite
A month ago I started a new job in a small town about 30 minutes away from where I live. There's really only one route I can take to work without doubling my commute. For the most part it's a pleasant drive, but the last ten miles have become torture for me.
This stretch of road is single lane, hilly and curvy with a speed limit of 65 and very few passing zones. I drive a little Hyundai and set my cruise control at what I feel is a reasonable 70mph. There are very few other cars on the road, yet almost every other day I end up being aggressively followed by other vehicles. Usually it's a pick up truck or an SUV tailgating me.
I don't feel safe driving any faster and there are very few places I could safely pull off to the side to let cars pass. I've tried tapping my breaks, turning my headlights on and off (so it looks like I'm tapping my breaks), speeding up a little bit and then slowing down - which only results in them following closer. Leaving for work earlier doesn't seem to make a difference. It is really stressing me out, to a point where I would just take the longer route if I could afford the gas.
So how should I handle this?