Everyone loves a good tailgate party, right? What can beat food, friends and a festive atmosphere just before the big game? However, if you have ever been in the situation where you are being tailgated by another driver, you know first-hand that this is no party. Being in the situation where another car is feels like it is mere inches for your bumper can actually be quite stressful. You know that in that position, all it takes is one bad move by the tailgater and you could be in a serious accident. Tailgating or following too closely behind another vehicle, is a major cause of rear-end collisions. Since being tailgated is a fairly common occurrence, it is important for a driver to know how to handle the situation when it happens. The following is a list of do’s and don’ts for how to tackle this potentially dangerous scenario:
- DO try to change lanes if at all possible. Sometimes tailgaters engage in this type of behavior in an effort to make the driver in front of them get out of their way. While you may not appreciate their tactics, it is safest for you and your passengers to change lanes when possible.
- DO NOT allow yourself to get angry. While being tailgated is certainly frustrating and may even be upsetting, it is important not to lose your cool in this type of situation. Remember, that the most important thing is to get rid of the tailgater, not teach him or her a lesson.
- DO encourage the driver to pass you if you are unable to change lanes. One way to encourage the tailgater to pass you is to drive at a steady rate of speed. Speeding up and slowing down is likely only to infuriate the tailgater. Plus, varying your speed will make it more difficult for the tailgater to pass you. Another strategy, is to drive in the right most part of your lane, in an effort to give the tailgater more room to pass you.
- DO NOT engage in any behaviors that may be viewed by the tailgater as “aggressive”. For example, stomping on the brakes or flashing your brake lights will most likely enrage the tailgater. In most cases the tailgater knows that he or she is following too closely behind you. One situation where a tailgater may not realize what he or she is doing, is if he or she is intoxicated. In either scenario, rude hand gestures or honking the horn will only make a bad situation worse.
- DO feel free to exit the road. If you simply cannot shake the tailgater, the safest option may be for you to exit the roadway. If the tailgater follows you, make sure you drive to a well-lit place, like a gas station or police station. You will also want your passenger to call the police if the tailgater continues to follow you.
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