TAILGATERS: This is what Coast residents think of you

Sarah Barnham
sunshinecoastdaily.com.au

WHETHER you should slow down, speed up or pull-over, motorists can agree on one thing: tailgating is a problem on the Coast.

Last week the Daily posted an article on Facebook addressing the issue of tailgating and motorists were asked how they dealt with it.

It received a mixed response on social media, with majority residents saying if they were being tailgated they either slowed down to send the driver a message, pulled to the left lane if there was one and in the case there wasn’t, pulled off to the side of the road.

The controversial topic also prompted apparent tailgaters to defend themselves with motorists commenting if they didn’t want cars up their rears, then they should simply “do the speed limit”.

However, motorists said if conditions and visibility were bad, drivers should be able to travel at a speed they felt was safe.

Dearne Hemmings summed up the argument by comparing tailgaters to toddlers.

“Tailgaters are immature, impatient and in need of some time out.

“We all get frustrated with slow drivers in the right lane, just deal with it and move on when you can.

“Sometimes a well-placed middle finger makes you feel better on the way past on the inside lane.”

Cliff Chambers said even if drivers were doing the speed limit and a motorist was tailgating them, they should move to the left lane.

However, Mr Chambers said if there was no other lane to move to, motorists should slow down to send a message.

“If you are in a middle, left or only lane and you encounter a clown like this one, left foot across to the brake pedal, apply gentle pressure and reduce speed by about 20km/h,” he said.

“If they don’t take the hint to pass you hit the hazard flashers and slow right down.

“If by chance there is an oncoming police vehicle flash your lights rhythmically at it. They will undoubtedly take an interest in you and the vehicle behind you and record its details even if they don’t pull it over too.”

Jacob Hudson said it was dangerous to ‘play stupid games’ on the road by slowing down while being tailgated.

“You forgot the fact you may be dead and the kids you that you had in the car (sic),” he said.

“You don’t know who your putting off behind you.

“You think your safe in your car playing games but there are people out there that are fed up and will take the time out of there day to hurt you.”

“And cars are designed to drive in wet weather. So, unless it’s flooded or torrential rain there ain’t (sic) much reason not to be driving the speed limit. And if you’re worried about the conditions enough to be slowing than you should not be in the right lane to begin with. It’s very simple.

“Let the cops deal with other drivers not you yourself. Move out the way and get on with your day.”

But Jedd Timbs said motorists driving at the correct speed shouldn’t be punished by other drivers.

“They are just driving at the correct speed for the conditions, if you get fed up, deal with it, the world doesn’t revolve around you,” he said.

Anna Holder-Greaves said she had recently moved back to the Sunshine Coast after living overseas for 12 years and was shocked to find tailgating had become a ‘norm’.

“In the United Kingdom the weather is always wet and the roads speed limits are considerably faster.

“There are less accidents because people generally leave a safe braking distance and usually drive for the weather.

“I was so surprised when I moved back home to see that the norm is tailgating – even in the wet weather.

“Leaving a safe distance is a really easy way to prevent accidents (and thus delays). Leave space people. The road isn’t a competition.”

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