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    I can't stand tail gaters and people who speed .. Rest assured they will end up with a fine or wrapped around a tree ..

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    If you start speeding to get tail gaters off your back, you will be sorely disappointed. You'll still be tailgated, there will still be aggressive, intimidating drivers and now you'll have speeding tickets thrown into the mix too - and a possible accident.

    Rude, aggressive people are a fact of life, on the road and off. Don't join them. Ignore them, listen to music, drive politely and safely and just think of all the speeding tickets they'll be accumulating and how stressful their life must be, constantly rushing and being angry. Ugh, horrid way to live your life. Be glad you're not like that.

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    You don't want to drive aggressively, you want to be confident but defensive.

    You just need more experience in traffic, don't be afraid just run your race.

    The more experience you get the more confident you'll feel.

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    I'm guilty of tapping my brakes if some as$hat is riding up as$ trying to get me to speed up. Scares the bejesus out of them and they back up. Smart probably not but does the trick. If people overtake me yelling stuff I just smile wave and keep on driving.


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    I agree with PP's about getting your speedo checked. Might be out by 5 k's and make a big difference!

    My dad always told me that when driving you should exit roundabouts and corners etc and get up to speed so as not to slow the flow of traffic. I don't speed but I go with the traffic and that helps.

    As for other aggressive drivers my DH loves them! When someone sits on his butt he just slows down to about 30 k's. He's not the one in a massive hurry! Ignore the idiots and concentrate on what you are doing and you'll be fine.

    Good luck

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    Hi Heartstringz. We must live in the same area LOL. I find it is a huge problem here (maybe it is everywhere now??). I hate hate hate tailgating! I think it is so dangerous. Ever since I saw a tragic story on TV about a horrific accident caused by tailgating I have been so paranoid especially when my kids are in the car! Please don't get involved in the aggressiveness it will only make these situations more dangerous. I think the suggestions of getting more experience along with a defensive driving course are great ideas (oh and the speedo check couldn't hurt either).

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    Good idea about the speedo thing, if anyone you know has a gps, you can plug it in, and compare the speed reading on the gps with the sepeedo on the car.

    Definitely assertiveness, not aggression. I agree that defensive driving would help. How long have you been driving?

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    Quote Originally Posted by Albert01 View Post
    You can dowload Speedo Apps for Androids (sure they have them for iPhones too) which run off GPS satellites and can give you your speed. My partner annoys me with it while he is driving.

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    Quote Originally Posted by CakeyMumma View Post
    Try a defensive driving class. They are (literally) life savers! It will give you the skills and confidence to drive assertively. I would never recommend driving aggressively.
    This. Good advice CakeyMumma. Also invest in a camera that takes video of other drivers front and back. I think they are about $180. You can then use it as evidence to report anything really bad to the police.

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    Quote Originally Posted by heartstringz View Post
    How do I get some confidence & become more aggressive when I'm driving?

    I have a severe driving phobia which I'm trying to overcome & half the reason for this phobia is that regularly I have been bullied, intimiated and/or threatened whilst on the road. I'm SO scared about that happening again that I can barely drive.

    I drive the speed limit cause I don't want to speed & risk my (or someone else's) life, but everyone seems to have a problem with that. Everyone around here seems to want to go 10-20 ks over the limit & because I don't, I get bullied. At the very least I end up with a car up my back bumper bar & at the worst I have someone shouting threats at me as they drive past.

    I've tried 'just ignoring them' but it's not really working for me.

    Therefore I thought that maybe if I drove aggressively, like they do, they would leave me alone. But I'm really not sure how to do that. How do you think I could learn to do that?

    I'm really running out of options, this is my last
    You would be far better off doing a defensive driving course. It teaches you to be more mindful of what's around you and how to avoid the stupidity of others rather than adding to the chaos on the roads by turning into one of those drivers yourself.


 

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