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New First two are true all up and down the east coast
Using a turn signal around the D.C. area is considered a sign of weakness, and it will be exploited ruthlessly by those with nothing better to do than make sure you don't get where you want to be.

I've seen drivers in D.C. speed up (and even slow down!) to prevent someone from getting on the highway.

Also, don't ever, ever tap your brake lights to get a tailgater to slow down in D.C. -- I did this once (standard Michigan practice)... the taxi behind me threw on his brakes in a complete over-reaction. Next, he pulled up next to us in a right turn lane, stepped on it at the light to cut us off, stopped his car so that no one could get by (!), and walked back to berate me for about 5 minutes, all the while traffic was stacking up behind my car.
Regards,

-scott anderson
New Re: First two are true all up and down the east coast
Also, don't ever, ever tap your brake lights to get a tailgater to slow down in D.C. -- I did this once (standard Michigan practice)...


As it was a standard NJ practice when I was there.

Then I moved to Texas. Driving home from 6th Street one night on Mopac, I had some idjit zoom up behind me doing something like 95. I was in the left lane, and there was a car I'd just passed not too far back on the next lane over. I was probably doing 75-80 myself. Instead of pulling around to pass me on the right (there was plenty of room), this asshole tailgated me (I couldn't even see the reflection from his headlights, he was so close) for a short while. After tapping my brakes didn't do anything, I removed my foot from the accelerator and slowed it down to about 35 before he got fed up and zoomed around me.

-YendorMike
In order to understand recursion, one must understand recursion.
New My standard tailgater reaction now:
Much like that: the closer he follows me, the slower I drive.

I got tailgated once in a snowstorm (in my Mustang)... ice everywhere, people are driving about 5 miles an hour, and this idiot is tailgating me going UP an icy hill.
Regards,

-scott anderson
New err
when you see a car approaching at a high rate of speed remember the rule and the sign slower traffic keep right and get out of the way. If there is room of course. Nothing worse than judging to go round on the right and have someone sideswipe you because they wernt paying attention moving out of the way "usually" means that you have been seen and makes it a little less hazarduse for all of us. Used to have that problem in Cal till all the road rage shootings took place. (about 1986) after that people got the heck out of the way.
thanx,
bill
can I have my ones and zeros back?
New The way I see it
they are in a hurry to get a speeding ticket or in a hurry to get to the hospital via a car-wreck. If I speed up, I may get a ticket as well, if I don't get out of the way I may end up in a car-wreck as well.

I just let them pass, usually I'll see them pulled over by a cop further down the road, or find them stopped at a stoplight right next to my car, or find them in a wreck that slows down the rest of the traffic.
"I can see if I want anything done right around here, I'll have to do it myself!"Moe Howard
New Anti-taxi practices.
I've had success in reporting to taxi companies when they break road rules. Or do things like refuse a fare. What with all the bad rap taxis get in Sydney, the various Customer Service departments are keen to hear of dissatisfaction.

Requires a memory for their phone number and their licence plate, though.

Wade.

"All around me are nothing but fakes
Come with me on the biggest fake of all!"

New Yabut.. remember too:
They know where you live.
They took you there.
May remember the guy with white knuckles and - boss's little reprimand - and

Be Nice.
New Actually, no, they don't.
Taxis I have reported have either whilst I was driving to or from work or ones I have caught between work venues. I've only ever caught 3 taxis home - twice from the airport (40 minute drive) - and been happy with the service each time.

Wade.

"All around me are nothing but fakes
Come with me on the biggest fake of all!"

     Basic Rules for Driving in New Jersey - (Yendor) - (14)
         First two are true all up and down the east coast - (admin) - (7)
             Re: First two are true all up and down the east coast - (Yendor) - (3)
                 My standard tailgater reaction now: - (admin)
                 err - (boxley) - (1)
                     The way I see it - (orion)
             Anti-taxi practices. - (static) - (2)
                 Yabut.. remember too: - (Ashton) - (1)
                     Actually, no, they don't. - (static)
         Sounds about right... - (imric) - (4)
             Hey, I know (about) where that is... - (Yendor) - (3)
                 And good riddance to that circle! (rotary, for non-Jersians) - (imric) - (2)
                     Ah, Flemington... - (Yendor) - (1)
                         *grin* Used to work @ Design Systems, in Belle Meade... - (imric)
         Counting the cars on the New Jersey Turnpike - (marlowe)

I am discretely counting the dark sides you have seen.
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