New Way to Deal With Tailgaters

If the driver in front of you does something they shouldn’t — or doesn’t do something they should (like move when the light turns green) — you honk.

hornEventually (it IS Minnesota). ¬† ūüôā

But, what if the offending driver is behind you?

Then, it often seems like Driver #1 has no really good choices.

Make that, “me, last week.”

Sending a Signal (Literally) to the Other Driver

Being tailgated very closely on a single lane road by an especially obnoxious driver (late for an appointment?  Constitutionally impatient?  Trying to read the expiration date on my license plate??), my son and I realized that we had three options:

One. Speed up. Not a choice in this case, or at least a smart one — we were already going the speed limit (if not slightly over).

Two. Slow down/tap on the brakes (which would have activated our red brake lights). ¬†However, given the already minuscule < 2′(?) gap between their front bumper and our rear bumper, that also seemed unwise.

Three. Encourage/allow them to pass. ¬†In fact, that’s what we did, as soon as it was safe to pull over onto the shoulder.

Avoidance vs. Escalation

Processing all this immediately after, my creative son #2 came up with another idea:  why not a rear horn, to essentially tell such tailgating drivers to back off?

Given proliferating road rage, rampant guns, etc., I can certainly see a downside.

But, at least conceptually, that’s a PERFECT solution.

Way to go, Gabriel!!

P.S.: ¬†Not all horn-honking is obnoxious. ¬†I’d much rather someone honk at me if I make a mistake than “politely” refrain — and risk an accident.

About the author

Ross Kaplan has 19+ years experience selling real estate all over the Twin Cities. He is also a 12-time consecutive "Super Real Estate Agent," as determined by Mpls. - St. Paul Magazine and Twin Cities Business Magazine. Prior to becoming a Realtor, Ross was an attorney (corporate law), CPA, and entrepreneur. He holds an economics degree from Stanford.

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