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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24-05-2013 10:32 #41
25-05-2013 06:36 #42
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
25-05-2013 12:58 #43
25-05-2013 13:32 #44
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.
05-06-2013 07:22 #45Senior Member
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05-06-2013 12:03 #46
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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05-06-2013 12:41 #47
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!
05-06-2013 12:52 #48Senior Member
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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.
05-06-2013 13:00 #49
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.
05-06-2013 13:27 #50
I've only been on the road for a year but I haven't even used my horn yet, I just curse to myself or the other day I raised my hand in exasperation at the driver of a fwd who decided it was ok for them to try and merge into me from the turning lane grr.
I would never get out of the car and I now drive with my doors locked after witnessing some scary stuff on the road. A couple of weeks ago I was behind 2 cars at a round about, a person got out of the car in front of me and ran up to the car in front of them banging angrily on their window trying to get them to get out. They drove up onto the curb and the other car followed them. I didn't hang around to find out what went down, I got out of there (not willing to get involved with my kids in the car with me)
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