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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on August 3, 2006, 7:30 pm

I read some time back that due to a shortage of ethanol there was a
temporary halt to requiring it.  The reason I'm mentioning it is because my
mileage has been nothing short of spectacular even with AC.
I try not to pass drivers who appear to be trying to conserve fuel but
yesterday I was in back of one who kept varying his speed up and down as
much as 10 mph, never going above the speed limit.  Finally, after
readjusting my cruise control for the millionth time, the road opened up to
two lanes and the right most lane was supposed to be for slower traffic. So
I tried to pass him going up hill and he stomped on it. It was steep and I
had it floored. As we neared the top of the hill the two lanes were about to
merge again so I had to get some additional boost so I shut off the AC. I
managed to get past him going 90. Then to make things worst he was on my
tail for miles and miles.  I've seen people speed up when they see they are
about to be passed by my Prius but this guy was just out of control. At some
point he disappeared into a gas station. No surprise.

I wasn't following him closely before this happened. I kept a good distance


Posted by Davoud on August 3, 2006, 9:51 pm

mark_digital© wrote:

But you still played with him -- racing him to 90. That can be a
dangerous game. I don't know if you've heard, but there are one or two
psychopaths out on the American highway. Angry at the world for the
perceived injustices to which they have been subjected, bent on taking
it out on others, and feeling that being in an automobile gives them
anonymity and freedom of action.

What do I do in such a circumstance? As soon as I see that the nutter
wants to race me I slow down and get behind him -- well behind him.
Then I take the next exit after he has passed it. By the time I pull
into a parking lot to turn around, maybe stop at the filling
station/convenience store for a bottle of water, he is long gone.


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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on August 4, 2006, 8:52 am

You see, we know how it ended with him chasing me for miles. But at the time
all I wanted to do was pass and get far enough ahead and reset my cruise
control to 55 mph. The other problem was I wasn't alone in trying to pass
Suppose I tried to drop back while others are behind me too. Who's to say as
I'm dropping back he's not slowing down too? I've seen this before. I've
been  a reluctant participant in this type of road rage. Damned if I do and
damned if I don't kind of thing.
Has this happened to you? You're driving at the speed limit with the cruise
control set and you slowly creep up to the driver in front of you. You leave
your speed set as it was and you start to pass. As you begin to pass the
driver speeds up. So now both of you are neck and neck. You drop back
slightly and return to your lane behind him. What does he do? He slows down
again. What are your options now?  OK, the story sounds familiar to the
first one. But this is happening on level ground. The car up ahead isn't
varying his speed. The lanes aren't merging. No one else trying to pass.
Maybe if the one who speeds up chimes in we can all understand this madness.
Any takers??

Posted by Davoud on August 4, 2006, 2:55 pm



Let him slow. You can still take an exit at the last second -- after it
is too late for him to take the exit.

Yes, of course, this has happened to me. And I'll speed up to try to
pass -- to a point, but that point is well below 90 mph. 99.5% of the
time that's the end of it -- the other driver's speeding up was an
automatic reaction to being passed, not an active attempt to prevent
the pass. The other .5% of the time is, of course, tricky. Twice in my
life since the advent of cell phones I have reported another driver to
the police because he was attempting to prevent others from passing. In
one of those instances a police officer in an unmarked car got behind
me (I had identified my car) and observed me trying to pass. After I
fell in behind the other driver, but ahead of the police car, the
police officer tried to pass both of us. The other driver repeated his
behaviour, speeding up considerably, and received a ticket for his

The above behaviour is not common in my experience. More common is when
driver A pulls out to pass driver B, a slower vehicle. When A pulls
alongside B he slows to match B's speed. This is not malice. A is not
using cruise control and he is not paying attention to his driving. He
has become distracted and has forgotten where he is and why he is in
the passing lane. He's frequently the kind of driver who has no clue as
to why his car has so many mirrors, but if he happens to see your
headlights flashing behind him he will /usually/ complete the pass and
pull over.


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Posted by =?iso-8859-1?Q?mark=5Fdigital= on August 4, 2006, 4:31 pm

Yep.  If I'm driver B and I'm wearing sunglasses driver A kinda hesitates
before making a full pass. My son tells me I look like, well, you know, a
cop.  I suppose after thinking about the Prius and the fact my plate is like
everyone else's he passes confidently. But you never know. Someday it just
may be a cop in a Prius who knows how to use his radio efficiently.

Here's another situation.  Driver B is in the right most lane and driver A
is in the left lane. Driver B is way ahead of A and they both are traveling
at somewhat the same speed. Up ahead is a tractor trailer in the right lane.
B approaches the tractor trailer and signals he's going to lean into the
left lane to pass.  He notices driver A has suddenly picked up speed and the
gap between them has diminished. Driver B starts to pass along side of the
truck and now is being tailgated by driver A. How odd this behavior from
driver A.

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