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Old 05-31-2016, 10:15 AM   #1
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Have you ever experienced anything like this

I was heading home from a friends house on I75 in Tampa on Saturday night about 10:30 pm in my CR-V. It was 4 lanes in this location and I was traveling in the 2nd from the far right lane doing about 65 mph. Posted speed I think was 70.

There was a car in the far right lane about 2 car lengths ahead of me traveling the same speed. I looked at my rearview mirror and saw a car in the far right lane approaching very fast, so fast I thought he would hit the car ahead of me in the right lane. He slowed abruptly and swerved ahead of me in my lane so close that I had to heavily brake. As he passed ahead of me I blinked my high beams on/off. He stayed in my lane and gradually slowed to a stop knowing I could not get around him due to traffic on either side of me. He came to a complete stop and stayed there for about 15 seconds. I stayed about 20 yards behind him not being able to move, at a complete stop. There was at least one other car behind me, also at a stop. I was looking for a way out, either lane to get into, not looking at the stopped car ahead of me and my wife mentioned later that he opened his window and gave me the one figure salute.

After I guess he thought he had punished me enough for blinking my high beams at him he raced off.

The danger he created to us and the car behind us goes without saying, but I began to think about what my actions would have been had he gotten out of his car and approached us.

What would you have done?
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:46 AM   #2
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I had a similar run in with a pack of Harley's a couple years ago with the motorhome. I see them all the time here passing on two lane roads, scaring the hell out of people.
That is why I decided to buy a dash cam. If the S$&@hits the fan, at least there will be an accurate record.
In your case, I don't know what else you could do without making it worse.
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That is exactly the reason I usually will just ignore jerks on the road, you never know what they are going to do. My spousal unit will honk, flash lights etc. and I worry one day they will regret egging the idiots on....
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Old 05-31-2016, 10:51 AM   #4
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Road rage and blank-hole drivers are both on the increase. First if you're not doing the speed limit get in the far right lane. The moment the car stopped, call 911. Get a concealed weapons permit, and a dash cam.
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DW and I both have a CWP but I won't carry. Just to much opportunity to get into trouble.

I think Martha said it best; ignore them, don't encourage them.
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It's really hard to keep your cool in a situation like that, but you did the right thing (except for the honking and light flashing)! With all the crazies on the road today I try not to let anything get to me to the point that I will provoke a confrontation!
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We have had a similar thing happen and once it's started it's kind of hard to get out of safely. So like said avoiding the idiots is he best thing to do as Road Rage is real and some people take it way too far. I have regretted honking even when it was needed to avoid an accident, as you never know what state of mind the person you are dealing with has. I would bet he was hoping someone would rear end you if he held you up long enough and then just drive off like nothing happened.
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I have a really hard time ignoring extremely aggressive and unsafe behavior, but realize there are nuts out there who carry and might escalate the situation (before anyone gets upset, by no means do I include those responsible people who also carry). I bought a dash cam a while back, and this thread reminds me to get the thing installed.

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We have had a similar thing happen and once it's started it's kind of hard to get out of safely. So like said avoiding the idiots is he best thing to do as Road Rage is real and some people take it way too far. I have regretted honking even when it was needed to avoid an accident, as you never know what state of mind the person you are dealing with has. I would bet he was hoping someone would rear end you if he held you up long enough and then just drive off like nothing happened.
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If you get a dashcam be sure to get a GOOD one. And I mean one that can read license plates, day or night. There are a lot of low resolution cheapies out there that aren't worth the trouble.
We bought a KDLinks 1920X1080 resolution cam and it does the job quite well.

My wife almost got in an accident from some moron who cut her off on an entrance ramp last March. The camera shows it quite clearly.
Tried to upload the video from the cam but said the file was too large (it was not), anyway, here's a link to it on Dropbox.

https://www.dropbox.com/s/fs0g415ont...moron.mov?dl=0
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DH wil do the same thing at times....respond to an idiot by honking, etc. I tell him to stop, ignore the idiot, and move on. He might be right, but he could also be dead right
if the idiot has a gun or uses his vehicle as a weapon.
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DH wil do the same thing at times....respond to an idiot by honking, etc. I tell him to stop, ignore the idiot, and move on. He might be right, but he could also be dead right
if the idiot has a gun or uses his vehicle as a weapon.

Your husband has a very wise wife!
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Drunk, drugs or just an idiot. Maybe all three. Best just to ignore them when they do something like that.
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I wish it were just that I am becoming the old guy I used to make fun of, but I truly think people's actions are getting worse. Be it their driving or their reaction when it is pointed out to them. These days, I allow my beautiful, patient wife to hear my analysis of their driving skills & probably genetic heritage, but it goes no further. Just not worth the potential risk it entails.
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DW and I both have a CWP but I won't carry. Just to much opportunity to get into trouble.

I think Martha said it best; ignore them, don't encourage them.
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