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Letter: Tailgaters unaware?




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August 1, 2012 | 2,048 views | 9 comments

Editor,

While driving into work July 27, I observed an SUV from Floresville tailgating and flashing his lights, and it occurred to me that some people might be unaware that we live in a rural county where animals (dogs, cats, skunks, etc.) are often dashing into the roadway, necessitating an immediate stop.

As luck would have it, the likelihood of this occurring seems to significantly increase as the car following you gets closer to your bumper, and becomes almost a certainty if the tailgater is also flashing his lights.

In this situation, the driver of the first car should attempt to mitigate this risk by reducing their speed until the risk is sufficiently eliminated by either (1) stopping the vehicle or (2) the tailgater is no longer behind you and the risk of darting animals has been greatly reduced.

I would like to encourage the city, county, and state law-enforcement officials to take the time to explain these facts to the tailgating driver, especially when he is flashing his lights.

Take your time ... there is no substitute for a good education.

RUSSELL DICKERSON

Floresville
 

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The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 6, 2012 11:23am
 
See, you have to have a modicum of common sense to drive, or should. It would take a fool to believe you can be going 15 mph faster than those in the right (slower) lane and just pull over into them because someone going faster ... More ›

 
BSP  
Floresville  
August 6, 2012 7:35am
 
Hah ha. My husband does the same thing PG.

 
PRAIRIE GROUCH  
GRAND PRAIRIE TX  
August 5, 2012 6:58am
 
I used to wash my windshield when confronted by a tailgater....it works......I stopped this practice because I grown more mellow in my old age and finally realized that two fools are more dangerous than one fool.

 
Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
August 3, 2012 2:50pm
 
>Is that really hard to understand? So, even though the car is going faster than the traffic in the right lane, you believe it should go into the right lane and slow down to match THEIR speed so you get to drive on at your ... More ›

 
BSP  
Floresville  
August 3, 2012 12:45pm
 
I agree! Yo-yo drivers drive me up the wall!!! I'm a cruise control driver too. Set it to the speed limit, and drive on down, and the yo-yo drivers mess it all up. Especially when you get over to go around them, and they ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 3, 2012 11:43am
 
So then, what does "Slower traffic keep right" refer to? If you are driving slower than a vehicle behind you, and you are not making a left turn within a reasonable distance, you should move into the right or slower ... More ›

 
humby  
stockdale  
August 3, 2012 9:08am
 
driving over 200 miles a day 5 days a week i can tell you by far the most annoying are the drivers who never remain at a constant speed...50mph then up to 70 then back to 60...geesh get off the phone, pay attention...i don't ... More ›

 
Beji Amhoudi  
La Vernia  
August 3, 2012 7:20am
 
True, but I see no reason to get into a lane with slower traffic (that I am passing in the left lane) just so someone can drive 20 over the speed limit. The "slower traffic keep right" doesn't mean anyone slower ... More ›

 
The Marcelina Muse  
Dry Tank, TX  
August 2, 2012 2:27pm
 
What I would like to see is those who drive 5 to 10 mph below the posted speed limit while hugging the center stripe and refusing to yield to faster traffic be given life sentences. Especially when you try to pass them in the ... More ›

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