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HumVee Attack!

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Wow, I and my little car almost bought it last night. I need some advice about what to do next.
Yesterday, on the way home from work:
A big black HumVee came up behind me really, really fast as I was passing a big tractor-trailer truck in the left lane. The guy got so close to me that all I could see was his grill in my rear view mirror.

Since I was already going 70, and had quite a bit of truck left to get by, I did the logical thing. I rolled down my window and gave him the finger. (See, I'm not claiming innocent angel status here :lol: )
However, what happened next wasn't cool or reasonable at all, IMO.

The HumVee actually got *closer*. I swear I thought he was going to ram me. So, I took off, since i know they don't accellerate that well. I passed the truck going about 80, and moved over into the next lane. The HumVee came barreling after me, and was coming up fast in my rear view mirror. Then he started sideswiping me!!! :shock: He made three side swerves, two of which i accellerated out of, the second of which I only missed by slamming on the brakes. That one he just barely missed the front of my car, and came halfway into my lane before pulling back.
This was on an overpass, where he would have sent me flying if he'd actually hit me. Or, if I hadn't been able to get off the road, I would have been flattened by the tractor trailer, which was right behind me.

Now, here's my question.
1. is a finger really justifiable provocation for all that??? I think not.
2. What, if anything, can I do to protect myself? I have a custom plate and a very noticible car. This @ss can find out where I live, or damage my car in a parking lot and drive away.
3. Should I have called the cops? (didn't see the plate, was too busy trying not to soil the seats in my car.)

God, that was awful.
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Several months ago, I "casually" passed an H2 that was cruising at 78 mph (it does not stick out much in Dallas). We both exited the freeway and stopped at a light. Only once in my four years driving an Insight has anyone been six inches off my bumper. Can't prove it, but I'd bet this driver had the same mind set as the driver bug_girl just mentioned.

Perhaps some people tire of me talking about this kind of thing, but better yet, I'd like it to be harder for drivers like the one bug_girl mentions to do what they do.
 

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While it's not a safe thing to do, just passing by these Nethandals would kick where it hurts. After all, they wanted to kick butt, not get their butts kicked :twisted: It's all they seem to understand. Some drivers are on an eco-trip, others are on an ego-trip - two different points-of-view on a collision course, hopefully not in the literal sense.

The safer thing is to make it more expensive to drive tank-like vehicles on the road (unless you are hauling more than an ego in it).
 

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Got a lot of people that think they have the right to rage on the roads, the net, and ball games (Pacers vs. Pistons).

Speaking of flaming, I've received a few that suggest I deserve to be locked up in the Super-Max prison for offending them - I'm sure some of you have received similar e-mails. You then wonder if people are getting worse, not better?
 

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Delta Flyer said:
Got a lot of people that think they have the right to rage on the roads, the net, and ball games (Pacers vs. Pistons)....You then wonder if people are getting worse, not better?
I'll agree that it would be better to have more postive posts, but there is a reason for all the road incident posts. There are simply too many inconsiderate/aggressive/angry people on the roads. Rather than to post about it, I'd greatly prefer the law to start taking the licence away from a lot of these people. If it happened, most of them would start behaving.

I really like the idea of having a camera on-board - most people rage only when they think they are anonyous. They probably would not do it in front of people that know them.

If you can pick a time when there is less traffic, that helps. It's why I commute early in the morning (and better mpg)

That's all I have to add to this thread.
 

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I'm going back on my word and saying more - sorry.

I've noticed a lot more road rage over the last five years. It happens because "nobody will catch me". Take pictures. Get witnesses if necessary. Phone if you have one.

I just don't understand the mentality of people driving huge vehicles primarily to intimidate, but if I ever had the urge to do it (very doubtful), I'd have a PA system screaming lustfully about my obsession to get ahead of you and kick your butt doing it. Frankly, I'm suprized someone has not already done it. I've seen too much agressive driving to think otherwise. Why do we have so many angry drivers?
 

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Part II

...I think it goes on all the time. :(

Friday night I was driving from Lewisville to Denton to see Christmas lights. Some idiot racing in a loud Civic was giving a pair of huge Ford F350s a hard time (four wheel rear axel). The trucks obviously were driven by college guys overdosed on testarone. Would not let the Civic or me by, although I did get by until one of them decided to catch up at about 90+ mph. They shortly exited at a big gas station. :D

The trucks took both lanes and one of them emitted a very dark diesel cloud several seconds. Wish there was a State Trooper that witnessed it.

Need to have plan so next time these guys get their licenses removed or something.
 

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Good point Xcel.

I bet their IQ was the same as their mpg.

Need to mention the Civic with the bad muffler racing was no better.
 
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