A Jefferson man said he was the victim of road rage after he confronted someone who had been speeding and “riding on his bumper.”
The man said a man pushed him after the encounter, according to an incident report filed with the Jackson County Sheriff’s Office. The victim said he got back into his truck and the man tried to open the door and then slapped the vehicle when he couldn’t get into it.
Here is what has worked quite well for me. When someone begins riding a little too close to my rear end, sort of like a dog sniffing another's chasis, I simply slow down a little so as to aggravate the tar out of them. If they continue sniffing, I slow down some more. I ignore all comments that are made from the driver as a result of my actions and frankly do not care if they are displeased with my actions in any way.
The most dangerous behavior a driver can display is to ride another's ass end. It is the one accident that can NEVER be explained and is always (100%) the fault of the following vehicle. It is just an embasile act."They slammed on their brakes" is no excuse, you were following too close if you hit them.
What is especially entertaining to me is the rationale behind most anxious drivers who pass on two lane roads with double yellow. "I was in a hurry" and "I needed to get there at so and so time" are hilarious when you consider the risk associated against the few seconds one will save by passing.
Operating a motor vehicle is truely an IQ Test. Unfortunately many fail miserably!
I admit that my method of dealing with butt riders may invoke further bad behavior on the part of a driver subject to feeling road rage. I also understand that his/her behavior may become worse as a result of my continuing to tease and taunt them by slowing down, being extra careful, use of turn signals and so forth. I also acknowledge that the friendly wave I give them while they are fingering me, the smile I display as they are threatning my life and the sarcasm I employ will no doubt raise the possibility of their potential escalated behavior. The fact is however, I am extremely entertained by this activity and enjoy each precious moment of watching a human being make an absolute joke out of themselves acting like an idiot over something like losing four seconds travel time as a result of my extra careful driving.
05/04/10 at 08:59 PM
Emmett you sound alot like my Dad. If he is driving down the road at 55 mph and you get on his bumper he will slow down and if you keep doing it he will go even slower. I have seen him drive 5 mph for miles because of this and when you pass him cussing at him he just smiles and waves at you. It really pisses the people off. I ask him one time why he does that and he said if they were in that big of a hurry they should have left earlier.