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    I would think getting out of the car to confront the person who honked at you a bit over the top and unreasonable and if my DH did that I would be pretty peeved!! He would just be inflaming the whole situation.

    Yes it would be annoying to have some honk at you, but I certainly wouldn't get out - you never know who you are going to confront.

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    i read all the way to the last reply, and spotty socks has said what i wanted to say. I also would be annoyed if anyone in my car got out and confronted the driver, just for the sake of a horn. If there were children involved in either car, i would be more than annoyed. children dont need to witness adults behaving like children. The only time i sound my horn is if someone is sitting when there is a green arrow for them to move. I will tap the horn, so that they are then aware of the green arrow. Marie

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    Yesterday DP and i had to drive DD a round trip of 6hrs to see a specialist in the city. On 3 occasions we were subjected to road rage. 1 truck beeping at me, a car flashing its high beem, and a truck right up our tail flashing its high beems. All the time we were going the speed limit. Its intimidating and illegal.

    Its never ok to retaliate

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinOnAPrayer View Post
    Yesterday DP and i had to drive DD a round trip of 6hrs to see a specialist in the city. On 3 occasions we were subjected to road rage. 1 truck beeping at me, a car flashing its high beem, and a truck right up our tail flashing its high beems. All the time we were going the speed limit. Its intimidating and illegal.

    Its never ok to retaliate
    I'd hardly call beeping a horn or flashing headlights as 'rage'. Rage implies uncontrolled anger, threatening etc. Yeah it might be impatient and annoying but it's not rage. For all you know they beeped or flashed their lights to try to warn you of something you hadn't noticed (dog about to run onto road, car pulling out, accident up ahead etc)

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    I agree with most PPs. It is fine to beep if the person is just sitting there for no reason, obviously if they are just coming to a stop in order to obey the road rules then you are a tool if you beep.

    I don't think its ok to get out of the car and confront them, unless they are holding down the horn or being absolute @$$holes.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CountryGirl77 View Post
    I need some outside perspectives. If you were stopped at a T intersection with a stop sign, with a few cars behind you, and the person in the car behind you honked their horn to encourage you to hurry through the intersection, would you consider it reasonable, normal or justified to get out of your car and say to the honker "I'll go when I'm ready thank you"?
    Personally, I think it'd be a stupid move to get out of the car. You really don't know who's behind the wheel of the other car and something like someone beeping their horn at you really isn't worth getting hurt over. You may think I'm being paranoid but there are psychos out there and you really don't know who they are.

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    Quote Originally Posted by LivinOnAPrayer View Post
    Yesterday DP and i had to drive DD a round trip of 6hrs to see a specialist in the city. On 3 occasions we were subjected to road rage. 1 truck beeping at me, a car flashing its high beem, and a truck right up our tail flashing its high beems. All the time we were going the speed limit. Its intimidating and illegal.

    Its never ok to retaliate
    Have you had your speedo calibrated properly in your car?

    Most cars made after 2005 have their speedo calibrated to be 5-10% out. So it will tell you you're doing 100kph, but you're actually doing closer to 90kph.

    Most people don't know this. It is a trick the car manufacturers use to make their cars seem more 'safe'.

    This is also why some people might assume another driver is speeding or impatient, but they are actually doing the speed limit...they have just had their speedo calibrated correctly. Another way to check is to use the speed reading on your GPS - it is generally far more accurate than a speedo, as it calculates your position every 10 miliseconds.

    You should also have it calibrated every time you have your tires changed, as this can affect your speedo reading too.

    ETA - That is still very wrong of them to be tailgating ypu and using threating manouvers though!! Just thought I'd put it out there that if you find it happens to you often, it may be something you want to look into.

    As for the OP - Getting of the car is not only unreasonable IMO, but also very dangerous! You never know who you're confronting! Eeek!

    I generally won't beep, but will sometimes flash my lights if someone is sitting at a stop sign/green light for no reason, or sitting in the right hand lane going significantly under the speed limit. And yes, it's because I'm a bit impatient at the moment - I currently have an almost 2kg bub sitting on my bladder on an hour long drive home with nowehere to stop and pee!! Get out of my way, or I'll wee in my seat!!
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    I wouldn't get out of my car, too many weirdos out there. I have and will give a little toot if it's a green light and the driver hasn't noticed.

    I get p'd at all the impatient drivers out there.

    My speedo is correct so that's not the problem. Pretty much EVERY day on the drive to or from school I'll have some idiot up my ****.

    Normally I'll just ignore, their problem not mine, but on occasion if they don't back off after tapping my breaks I'll slow down. My lowest has been 40 in an 80 zone.

    Not the most mature thing, I know, but jeez, back off people!

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    I hate people who are aggressive drivers, beeping people because they are following the rules, tailgating because they are following the speed limit. People are idiots sometimes. I wouldn't get out of the car to confront said idiot though, you just don't know how people will react.

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    Quote Originally Posted by beebs View Post
    I hate people who are aggressive drivers, beeping people because they are following the rules, tailgating because they are following the speed limit. People are idiots sometimes. I wouldn't get out of the car to confront said idiot though, you just don't know how people will react.
    You definitely don't!

    Some idiot had a go at df while he was driving once, for what who knows.

    Df got to where he was going and didn't notice the other guy had followed. Idiot got out of his car and started having a go at df and took a swing at him. Luckily df has good reflexes so wasn't hit but just shows you never know.


 

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