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This evening I was tailgated by an H2 at an intersection. The Hummer must have been six inches or less from my rear bumper (hope his collision insurance is good :twisted: ). Followed me for awhile, although not so close.

I know - don't judge a book by it's cover, but why do I suspect the guy behind me might have an issue with me? A few drivers in Dallas do that to me, and they tend to have engines in the 5-liter range.

Just an observation...
 

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Hi Delta Flyer-

Maybe he was measuring you up to see if you would fit in the back...or… Maybe his Hummer likes the taste of aluminum and he couldn’t hold it back… or…Maybe he’s a fellow Trekkie…

More seriously (if I am not Offing your Topic too much) - There seem to be more reports of testosterone dominated vehicles and behavior from your area than I observe in my area (even in the more rural parts of Cal. where this behavior is more in evidence). I wonder how much others observe this in their areas.
 

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I have noticed this in the Chicago suburbs quite often. SUV's are quite predominant up here and though their drivers are not as agressive, I have received some tailgating and dirty looks.

I kind of feel bad for them, knowing that they are going to have to fill up a 20 gallon tank twice a week, but if they can afford the giant mass of steel they can afford the gas.
 

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North Texas has an above average number of trucks & SUVs. GM makes trucks in Arlington.

The commutes tend to be longer than many big cities, so that's probably a factor.

Dallas ranked #4 on a survey of rudest US driving cities.

I admit on the freeway I passed him, but it was a non-chalant doing my business kind of thing.

Whether anyone wants to admit it or not, Insights and Hummers are iconic vehicles that make a statement. They are not just another set of wheels.
 

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Yeah, Arlington..... :shock:
I visited that factory back in 1990 when they built the Caprice Classic range of GM-cars there. Very interesting how they assemblied the station-wagons and the saloons on the same line :)

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I actually had an SUV driver once give me a traffic anecdote that included a description of how he gave the guy in front of him the universal signal that he wanted him to pull to the right: He surged toward him.

That explained a lot.

When I can get out of their way, I usually do. As they pass, I wave and smile and quietly wish them flaming death, crashing into some other idiot like themselves. Hey. Two birds with one stone.

I can dream, can't I?
 

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Recently I've decided to laugh when I encounter some of these people who think the freeway is a place to validate themselves. I know - it's cruel to laugh at such tender egos. :twisted:
 

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Holicow said:
Maybe his plates read "Borg"?
So that's why he can't think for himself. :lol:
 

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I get that here too quite often, usually they pass but once in a while you get someone who just likes riding your [email protected]$. I sometimes consider getting a vinyl sticker for my back window that says something like "tailgating will only make me drive slower" because I usually do just for spite. :twisted:
 

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I get tailgated all the time...Doesn't make sense really, because I'm normally over in the slow lane going above the speed limit. Maybe people just really like the car? I generally regen brake down about 20KM/H or so and see if they back off and switch lanes. If not, I give the brakes a fairly hard tap to drive the point home. If that still doesn't give them the "move over" signal, it is now time to clean the rear window...several times. If this person still insists on riding my bumper, it is now time to drop it to 3rd, floor it and move about 500 feet in front of them...

If you're really nasty, toss a handful of BBs out the window. ;)
 

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If you're really nasty, toss a handful of BBs out the window. ;)
Or a booger. Theres nothing like the look on a tailgaters face when a big juicy goober smacks into the windshield. :twisted:
 
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Hi All:

___You guys brought up a fond memory that I will never forget … When I was a teenager, we were on our way home from a BMX race in Michigan. Of course 2 cars and 1 van loaded with bikes and teenagers and there is going to be trouble … A few things were flying out the window(s) of the vehicles at one another doing 70 + and I started thinking. I had a nice and warm yet still sealed 12 oz. Coke can I hadn’t tapped into just yet. I shook it up for about 2 minutes, hung out the window, popped the top, and let her fly. The Orange Chevy Vega in our caravan was covered almost instantly with the stickiest spray you could imagine. That liquid spray turned to gelatinous goo within seconds. They had to stop after ~ 4 or 5 miles with all this road grime - goo - stuff that was sticking to the windows and the car. That Vega went from a rather bright orange to a brownish red mess and the windows were simply a smeary concoction of dirt, dust, road debris, and goo. It was one of the funniest moments of my life :D

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Orange Chevy Vega ,,, (shudder)

Hey I did a neat trick the other day. I was being tailed too closed by a work van with a couple yahoos in it on the interstate. I was in the right lane, going a little over the limit, and no other cars around.

After a few miles of this, I pulled in the left lane, braked and pulled neatly in behind the doofus. Now I get a decent draft, too... 8)
 

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My first car was a Vega…Shudder and cringe!!! :oops: I Liked the way it looked though, had some things in common with the Insight; aluminum block, Kam-back, air dam…Sure don’t see them around much any more, considering how common they once were. :lol:
 

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Ha! Scarred for life, eh?

They have all broken down into their original elements....

I agree, they weren't bad looking. I'm trying to think of something else not bad about them.....

Uhh..
 

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Mem-mo-reeeeees...

My Beloved, back when she was young and foolish, had a Vega. :oops:

Traded it in on a brand-new Monza. :cry:

Traded that in on a Renault Alliance (you may notice a distinct downhill trend by now). :shock:

After being a three-time loser car-wise, she let me buy her a Subaru GL. She was soooo grateful she married me 18 years ago. :D

And now that we have an Insight, she loves me sooooo much I could probably get away with a lot more than I do. :lol:

Dallas drivers are awful. I get to travel all over the country, and I have probably driven in the 100 largest cities at one time or another. So I can tell you, with no fear of doubt, that except for Los Angeles drivers, we have the worst, rudest human beings maneuvering automobiles on the continent. I love xcel's Coke can vengeance, but here in Big D, that'd probably get me shot... :twisted:
 
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