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Road courtesy, not road rage, good guy wins! (archive)

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Posted by MRC on January 05, 2001 at 16:45:40:

I have a brief fun story:

Having a clean, dark E32 I often get a following on the highway, but this fellow was a bit extreme. Travelling with the cruise in the right center lane of a four lane highway (above limit) and I developed a tail about 50 feet back (too far to draft)who matched my speed. I generally on an open road prefer to not have a tail as it limits my rear view, but didn't think twice about it. He followed for about ten miles and I changed to the right lane and shut off my cruise to drift down towards the limit, as I was going to get gas at an upcoming exit. To my surprise he changed lanes and came up behind about 20 feet back, waited about two miles and began flashing his headlights as if to say "speed up". My detector is hidden from sight so there is no way he could tell I was so equipped. At this point I could tell he was in a late model 300 ZX. I declined and kept a steady speed, he came right up on my rear bumper and (with a rude gesture) later blasted past me. Just then my V1 signalled Ka far ahead. I set the cruise again right at the limit and three minutes later the V1 gave another much stronger signal, as I prepared to pull off to get gas. Interestingly, later in the gas station lot was a police cruiser with lights on behind the black 300ZX. The officer was telling the driver that 120 in a 65 was grounds for suspension. I had the pleasure of seeing this unsafe driver get his just rewards, since if he had kept a cool head behind he would probably never have gotten nabbed. [I know one speeding tactic is to have a leader screen for instant-on ahead of you, but this fellow was indiscreet, rude and reckless for no reason.]

This little incident reinforced that while we all enjoy our superb cars, we really should drive courteously whenever possible. Best wishes to all for a happy (and safe) new year.

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