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Old 07-28-2011, 05:17 PM   #15
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If you were on the Mass Turnpike, I-90, it was probably the same @#$% that did it to me about 3-4 years ago.
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Old 07-28-2011, 05:57 PM   #16
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I vote for stupid. I get the same crap if I'm in my car or MH they poke along till finally you can pass them, then the speed up for a short distance then slow down. Or they will pull out in front of you thinking I don't want to get behind that big old thing hat ends up passing them.
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:12 PM   #17
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It's hard to talk on the phone with an air horn in your ear
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Old 07-28-2011, 06:33 PM   #18
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Who knows what is going through someone's mind when they act like that? I drove semi for 7 years and lost count of the kind of incidents you describe. You did exactly the right thing... pull off the road for a few minutes and let him go on and bug someone else.
This is a demonstration anger and self focus – lots of this going around. Don’t let them taunt you into rage as well. Like RV Jeeper said - - Back off and let them go on their way. It doesn’t hurt to have some self protection onboard incase they follow you to start something serious.
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Old 07-28-2011, 07:01 PM   #19
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Careful with the horn and head lights; some of these nitwits carry guns and will use them. An attorney got killed the other day in Tampa by some nitwit with a gun just because the guy didn;t slow down when he was entering the highway.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:26 PM   #20
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Hi Faith, you did the right thing by pulling into a rest stop. I would not suggest using the air horn or bright lights, as that would only make matters worse. If you used the horn or lights here in southern CA, the next thing you might see is a 9mm pointed at you. Some people are miserable with themselves and take it out on others. Don't let others spoil your nice vacation, trip, etc.
I carry a .45 on me and a shotgun or AR in the back, they trump a 9mm.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:34 PM   #21
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To do anything other than what you did could just exacerbate the situation.

Wise choice.
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Old 07-28-2011, 08:38 PM   #22
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To many losers out there ,avoid and ignore if possible. Be prepared if that doesnt work. If you play there game it might start something worse.
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When we have encountered this, I slowed down 5 mph and let them drift away. As y'all said, a rest stop or lunch is a good alternative, too.
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This individual is all three in my book, envy of the big rig, road rage, and just plain stupid. You did the right thing by removing yourselves from the equation.
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You did the right thing. The best thing is to pull off somewhere and take a rest for a little while. Remember, You can not fix stupid.
Life is to short.
so true you cant fix stupid, I try to avoid it when ever possible.
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I had the same thing happen to me twice today, driving my Jeep.

Both times the idiot, in front of me, was texting (illegal in WA) and slowing down/weaving side to side. After they had dropped 10 miles below the speed limit, I went to go around them. Both times they sped up and tried to cut me off. The difference between me and you was my V-8 Jeep was faster. Of course they then proceeded to stay on my rear bumper, for a mile or so, because I had the audacity to pass them.

I don't understand people like that. They don't want to drive the speed limit and they refuse to (or try to) allow people to get around them so that THEY can do the speed limit.

I think it just boils down to 'people are whacked' (except for those with RV's )

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Most people, myself included, tend to unconsciously slow down when talking on a cell phone while driving. In almost every situation like you described, a cell phone is in use. I really think those things are as dangerous as intoxicated or drugged drivers. Your mind is just not on driving while talking on a cell phone.

I, too, have encountered many of these speedup to pass you and then slow down drivers. Stopping for a few minutes is the best remedy.
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Is it envy of the big rig, road rage, or just plain stupidity??? And how do you all deal with this?
Maybe it's a mixture of these factors.

I love video cams, and with most cell phones, you can hand the right-seater one and say "film him." A call to 911 is a good followup. Of course, any time someone is behaving aggressively or erractically, there is automatic suspicion of drunk/impaired driving. Plus, to a person, these bullies will turn into cowards the moment they are "outed."

The cops want our help taking these miscreants off the road. Your action today might save a life tomorrow.
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