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Old 08-21-2012, 09:13 AM   #29
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And, despite the OP's request, off we go down this bunny trail. This is a prime example of why the following Community Rule was instituted:

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I've seen some short stops in front of RV's. So we installed a Dash Cam just in case.
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The one last Thursday had to do a lot of maneuvering to stay behind me. I had managed to separate us into different lanes several times, only to have them get behind me again. I had one of the cell phone hypnosis types behind me today while I was driving the toad and they were very easy to get rid of. The VA Stalker (I like that title) was not at all easy to shake.
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Old 08-21-2012, 09:59 AM   #32
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I know it's contrary to some reader's understanding of the Community Rules, but TRAILERKING poses a world opinion of Americans...We're all armed and not afraid to use it. Seems to me it short circuits problem solving when you're so ready to use the 'final solution' --deadly force. I've seen this same atitude in threads about rest areas, Walmart parking, etc. I'm armed so I can use it.
The OP and many others argue that 911 or LEO's are not going to respond or help, perpetuating the idea that they must carry deadly force to defend themselves. A call to 911 when you feel suspicious or nervous in a possibly threatening situation is my belief on why it's there. Even if they don't immediately turn out with sirens and lights, you're on record with them and a second call later on should cause a response.
I wonder why the OP said, "1. Pull over or take an exit - I didn't think this was a good idea." I understand pulling over on the side of the highway as not being a good idea, but what about taking an exit? As I mentioned in my first suggestion early in this thread, pulling into a busy service station or restaurant lot would provide lots of witnesses.
The OP did use the strategy of pulling through a rest area to shake his 'tail.' I wouldn't rely on a rest area as a place to get help myself, but it worked.
The OP also mentioned doing quick lane and speed changes. Perhaps the following car was observing his 'erratic' driving and preparing a 911 call himself? I use the mirrors to watch behind, but I don't get suspicious so easily. On long drives, I often pass or get passed by same vehicles all day as we stop for fuel, food, rest stops, etc. I don't immediately think the worst of these coincidences.
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I wonder why the OP said, "1. Pull over or take an exit - I didn't think this was a good idea." I understand pulling over on the side of the highway as not being a good idea, but what about taking an exit? As I mentioned in my first suggestion early in this thread, pulling into a busy service station or restaurant lot would provide lots of witnesses.
The OP did use the strategy of pulling through a rest area to shake his 'tail.' I wouldn't rely on a rest area as a place to get help myself, but it worked.
The OP also mentioned doing quick lane and speed changes. Perhaps the following car was observing his 'erratic' driving and preparing a 911 call himself? I use the mirrors to watch behind, but I don't get suspicious so easily. On long drives, I often pass or get passed by same vehicles all day as we stop for fuel, food, rest stops, etc. I don't immediately think the worst of these coincidences.
Drive that stretch of highway and look at the exits. As a driver with nearly 50K miles on my MH, I try not to put myself into places where I have to potentially unhook my toad to get out of. There is no backing up with a toad so you much have enough space to swing the MH on its turning radius. Even some gas stations don't have enough room for me to do this. Almost none of the fast food places or regular restaurants have that kind of space. Several of the exits would likely have required me to drive many miles on a two lane road to find a turnout. With the potential of someone tailing me, that is why I didn't think it was a good idea. I still don't.

The rest area was just a lucky fluke. The car had been in another lane beside me several times in the 100 miles but always managed to slow and get back in behind me. With that car finally in front of me, I was able to look at alternatives. I might have taken an exit and immediately gotten back on if one had presented itself instead of the rest stop coming up. I just used the rest stop to increase the distance between us, not really as an escape. As I have said several times, the heavy traffic would have precluded me slowing too much while on the main pavement. The rest stop solved that problem.

I admit that after dealing this car for 100 miles and in the midst of heavy traffic, my actions like quick lane changes were becoming more bold. I had tried all of the benign ones that I could. I still wasn't putting anyone else in any danger because I timed my evasive lane changes between the groups of other vehicles. If the car's driver hadn't been deliberately targeting me, one lane change would have accomplished my purpose.

This was certainly not a case of a random, occasional proximity of two vehicles. The long Christiansburg hill with the truck lane confirmed that. No car without a specific intent is going to shift behind a much slower vehicle in that truck lane - which is where I was. Before that, two construction areas also showed that car tailgating me in the right lane when it had been in the left lane as I passed a slower vehicle and it followed me back to the right lane. It passed the same slower vehicle that I did and there was no reason for it not to remain in the left lane and pass me, too, as I pulled back into the right lane.
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chasfm11, Thanks for your quick and polite response. I tried to choose my words carefully without attacking or accusing anyone, and you did the same. I hope the issues brought up in your post and my response can be discussed in a calm and thoughtful manner.
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chasfm11, Thanks for your quick and polite response. I tried to choose my words carefully without attacking or accusing anyone, and you did the same. I hope the issues brought up in your post and my response can be discussed in a calm and thoughtful manner.
That is my intent as well. We can see things differently without being disagreeable.

I would not have opened this thread if I didn't want to accept differing opinions. I sincerely hope that I don't have to face a similar situation in the future but if I do, I want to be better prepared than I was this time. I was really caught off guard. I frankly don't want to do the same things that I did again. At the same time, I know what I faced and am fairly certain that some ideas would not have worked.

We were on day 1 of a 1,500 mile trip and I really wanted to try to make 500 miles. I freely admit that my distraction with this situation probably caused me to drive more slowly than I might have without it and we didn't achieve my goal. I knew that we would likely face rain for the following two days, resulting in 500 miles during each one of them more difficult. So this situation really jeopardized more than just a single day of driving.

At no time in the incident did I think that my safety was threatened. But I also didn't want to get to that point by making a bad choice. I had my wife and my granddaughter with me so there was more than just me to think about.
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i live in the staunton area and have not heard of any stalking problems on I81 or 64 there is usually too many truckers around for any trouble like that contrary to popular feelings the truckers are our best friends when in trouble by the way va requires tags front and rear
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There is a whole lot of "not right" with that behavior. 100 miles of that sort of thing should energize anyone's radar. It could be completely innocent, but I wouldn't have hesitated dialing 911 just to be on the safe side. I drive 81 quite often and you never have to drive very far to run across a state trooper trying to hide in the median strip. I think they would jump on something like that because it's different.
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Several years ago my daughter and her husband and 2 year old child were traveling I-10 west. The same thing was happening with them, they were being tailgated. He would speed up and slow down as they were for many miles. They were able to get the plate number.. In Louisiana we can dial *LSP ( star Louisiana Sate Police) on cell phones. He must have seen them on the so he went on ahead of them. As my daughter kept driving the later saw the car pulled over by the State Police.

I would not hesitate to report behavior like this to police.
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I am not a paranoid person , but when someone is following me for 100 miles and switches lanes every time I do and speeds up and slows down as I do , my antenna goes up. I was born at night but not last night.
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Exactly
My sentiments also.

I have never met a car that wants to stay behind me on a long hill climb at 25-30 mph, and even at 45-50 mph unless it was an old, old clunker, but then on the downhill slope I'm going approximately the same speed as when going up and all cars pass me by.

I think you concerns were well founded. I would have dialed 911 and explained my concerns. What is the worse that could have happened calling 911. Probably no response, but I believe that all 911 calls have to have a response. Someone help me out on that one.

Glad it turned out all right for you.

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but I believe that all 911 calls have to have a response. Someone help me out on that one.
Sometimes the response is 'No.' I'd have reported it too.
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