A Minute to Myself (113)
A Minute to Myself (114)

Driver Behind Me Beware

I am a spiteful driver. Yes, I am. If the person behind me is too close to me and I am in the left lane and I am in a less-than-gracious mood, I will stay in the left lane and not increase my speed limit speed to accommodate said annoying driver behind me. In fact, I just might slow down, to show him/her that he/she (I have noted that both men and women are tailgaters of the non-alcoholic kind) needs to relax and not bother me. You see, spiteful. But I have a sneaking suspicion that I am not alone in my spitefulness.



You would be real comfortable driving in Boston.


H.A.T.E. Tailgaters. Over here they are always driving big huge effin trucks.


Yes, we all have spite when driving. I probably have a bit more because I live in a city with some of the WORST drivers in AMERICA. Seriously insipid people driving here. It doesn't help that I am a perfect driver who has to deal with everyone elses faults!

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

Can-Can, when I lived New York and Israel, I flowed with the crazy drivers. But here, in Virginia, with the drivers who NEVER honk their horns, I have come to expect a different kind of on-road behavior, and when I don't get it, I get disappointed, hence the spitefulness.

phhhst, for trucks, I always move over, I don't like to tempt fate.

D'Arcy, yes, those crazy other drivers, what are they thinking? There was a public ad in Israel about not being right on the road but being smart. It does help to remember that sometimes.

Liz A.

I'm a brake tapper, but that's about as far as I go. I'll gladly move over if the person gives me a chance. City drivers scare the bejesus out of me. I drove in Chicago once and I thought I was going to pee my pants. The crazy "flow" was going 70 in a 45 construction zone. Chaos. I only drove in that city again to leave.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

Liz, when I drive in NYC now, I just focus on what's in front of me and where I'm going--I never look in my rearview mirror, which would just scare me too much. Let them drive around me, because there is no way that I am going to keep up with their antics.


You are not alone... I have been known to press the button on my handbrake to scare the... out of the person behind me if s/he is too close.


The girls have been known to mime "back off" to drivers behind me.

Laura of Rebellious Thoughts of a Woman

Michelle, I think that Detroit will be saved if they install a personal space virtual shield around cars. If violated, a very deep male voice will boom out of our car and it will say: You will be punished for what you have done."

April, I would love to see your daughters do the "back off." Are there words (that they just might have heard mommy say) that they use when they do the hand motions?


You ARE NOT alone! I have urges to do the same and I am married to one of the tailgaters who will get on someone's bumper, like you or me, and think that he is going to bully them into the slow lane. I tell him he's wasting his time and creating potential for hazzard, but he doens't understand that I know exactly what that woman (it's usuallya woman) in front of him is thinking. He-he-he.

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