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Old 04-25-2011, 03:38 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Whenever I drive my friend's new Ford Fusion, I notice a lot more aggressive tailgaters in the rear view mirror than when driving my old but fully working Honda Civic from the 90s. Anyone else notice something similar?
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:29 PM
 
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No, the people I notice getting tailgated are the ones driving 5-10mph under the speed limit on a 2 lane road, and they are usually elderly or yacking on their phone.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:32 PM
 
Location: Guangzhou, China
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When I was driving a POS '86 Saab after I first moved to LA, people were pretty damn aggressive towards me... cut me off frequently, etc. I noticed that any time I rented a Hyundai or a Kia, it was the same deal, and though people were pretty benign with my Jetta, after my ex sideswiped it really badly and it looked like hell, people who came up on that side of the car were more aggressive.

Contrast this when I was driving a Lexus, Audi, Porsche, etc. for work... people seemed much more apt to give you a wide berth and let you in. So, I'd say it's the opposite...
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: The Circle City. Sometimes NE of Bagdad.
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Nope, not here, to both of the above.
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Old 04-25-2011, 05:33 PM
 
Location: SF Bay Area
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I'm not sure if its just imagined or what but I notice actually that when I'm driving a slower car people tend to drive like *******s around me (more so than usual). Years ago when I had my 1995 300ZX I had to drive my mothers VW New Beetle for a couple of days while my car was getting worked on and particularly on the freeway people would cut me off, no one would let me switch lanes, etc. Today driving the G35 or 5 series everything is as expected but when I'm driving my girlfriends 2003 Honda Accord I get a lot of the same deal.

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Old 04-25-2011, 06:01 PM
 
Location: north of Windsor, ON
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Other way around for me. I'm a lot less nice to any driver with a car $40K and up. Want into traffic, Mr. E-Class? You'll have to wait.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:32 PM
 
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Nope, have a POS 1980-something Subaru and an Acura. I get treated the same way.

Normally if I see someone in my rear view mirror I get out of their way no matter what speed I'm driving at...

If one is an idiot with something to prove driving exactly the speed limit in the left lane.. I would expect to have some pissed off people on their bumper.
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Old 04-25-2011, 06:49 PM
 
Location: The Milky Way Galaxy
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Nope doesn't matter what I drive people still drive like *******s around me lol

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Old 04-25-2011, 07:04 PM
 
Location: Business ethics is an oxymoron.
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Maybe not road-rage per se, but perhaps a sort of passive-aggressive territorial thing I've noticed while driving in the Central Valley of CA (in my nice Mustang Cobra) is that if you are in the fast line, someone can always be counted on to get right up on your behind. And they will stay there indefinitely if you don't move. But if/when you do move, they stay there. And sometimes they will slow down once you've moved. If you get back in front of them, they will crawl right back on you again. Conversely if you are in the slow lane and someone is behind you in the fast lane and you are coming up to a slow moving vehicle, they will speed up to prevent you from getting in front, but then again. Just stay there. I don't think it's really road rage nor do I think it's an urge to speed. I think it's just a territorial thing and these folks simply want some open space in front of them.
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Old 04-25-2011, 07:39 PM
 
Location: DFW
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Maybe not road-rage per se, but perhaps a sort of passive-aggressive territorial thing I've noticed while driving in the Central Valley of CA (in my nice Mustang Cobra) is that if you are in the fast line, someone can always be counted on to get right up on your behind. And they will stay there indefinitely if you don't move. But if/when you do move, they stay there. And sometimes they will slow down once you've moved. If you get back in front of them, they will crawl right back on you again. Conversely if you are in the slow lane and someone is behind you in the fast lane and you are coming up to a slow moving vehicle, they will speed up to prevent you from getting in front, but then again. Just stay there. I don't think it's really road rage nor do I think it's an urge to speed. I think it's just a territorial thing and these folks simply want some open space in front of them.
If I'm at or less than my ideal distance from the car ahead of me and someone in behind tries to pass me and squeeze into that spot, I purposely speed up to prevent you from getting in. What's the point of passing 1 car? Especially when I don't have enough space to the next car ahead of me?

Now if I'm very far from the car ahead of me and you want to pass, I could care less..
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