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Old 11-03-2018, 11:55 PM   #1
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Default War on tailgaters.

No matter what speed I go, I'm always tailgated. At or over the speed limit. Don't tell me to speed up or pull over, ain't gonna happen.
I had this made a few months ago. Tailgating went from always to rarely. When they pull up close behind me, they immediately drop back.
I also have a pair of small flashing strobes I was going to mount at the back with a switch under the dash, to blind the a-holes if they don't drop back, but so far don't see the need.
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Default Re: War on tailgaters.

I had a 87 Chevy 3/4 ton that I used for hauling my sailboat.


I beefed up the frame with 3/16 steel plate cutouts, and made the bumper out of 5 1/2 inch schedule 40 tubing on front and back.

I painted in letters which followed the pipe curvature, so they appeared from the rear as the full thickness of the bumper - which read -


Tailgate? Your funeral.


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People kept a respectful distance for the most part.
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They do not even know they are too close, as difficult as it is for sane, rational people to understand...
Anything you do will be received as waking them from a nap.
The best thing to do is film out the back window and fill a storage device with footage.
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Windshield washer nozzles mounted on the rear, either reposition the rear wiper nozzle on the Wagons or run a custom setup.

If the car is cheap enough or you just don't care...take the Deboss Garage way: https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=OHcemu3Llis
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I have considered more extreme measures, like putting nozzles at the rear that shoots out old motor oil, and tossing rocks out the window. But in a state where any nut job can carry a concealed gun without a permit, I wouldn't want to find out who's crazier. Or worse, it might be an off-duty cop.
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I drive about 5 faster, get some distance, then put my brake lights on. I touch the brake just until the lights come on but no braking occurs. Then i keep driving. If they continue to tailgate i slow down more. If they try to pass i go back to the speed limit. Normally they either slow down when my brake lights are on, expecting a brake check or theh try to pass.
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I drive about 5 faster, get some distance, then put my brake lights on. I touch the brake just until the lights come on but no braking occurs. Then i keep driving. If they continue to tailgate i slow down more. If they try to pass i go back to the speed limit. Normally they either slow down when my brake lights are on, expecting a brake check or theh try to pass.
But, you want them to pass Not passing is the problem. I want them to pass at 30mph over the speed limit and I want them to continue to hold their acelerator to the floor until they disappear over the horizon or reach fuel cut-off. Whichever comes first.

IF they are not able to pass, then they should remember that the white lines are 10 feet long, and the space between is 30 feet. One car length following-distance for every 10 mph
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I have considered more extreme measures, like putting nozzles at the rear that shoots out old motor oil, and tossing rocks out the window. But in a state where any nut job can carry a concealed gun without a permit, I wouldn't want to find out who's crazier. Or worse, it might be an off-duty cop.
You won’t need an oil sprayer if you let me try to rebuild your rack and pinion

I would not think an off-duty officer would tailgate for no apparent reason.
IF you suspect that off-duty officers are tailgatig you, while you’re at, or 5 over, the posted limit, then you need to have a calm sit-down meeting with the Cheif of Police.
Meanwhile, get a video recorder.
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I had a boss many years ago who commuted to work everyday. it was one hour each way highway. I don't recommend it but he cut a hole in the floor of the car and made a trap door. when people would tailgate him he would just grab a handful of bb's and start dropping them down. he said it didn't take long for them to back off
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I had a boss many years ago who commuted to work everyday. it was one hour each way highway. I don't recommend it but he cut a hole in the floor of the car and made a trap door. when people would tailgate him he would just grab a handful of bb's and start dropping them down. he said it didn't take long for them to back off
That was before ubiquitous mass surveilance.
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P.S.—There is no war on tailgaters. Tailgaters won a long time ago.
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^^^^LOL.
What sucks about Tailgaters is that many are too stupid to pass you on the left like they should (rural single-lane road). One passed me on the right at a 4-way stop today so both of us went through the intersection at the same time.

Ignoring them seems to work the best. Makes the fun last longer - like pulling a band-aid off slowly. although I have considered some kind of a flip down black out piece for my rear view mirror. Maybe with a inspirational message written on it.

The best so far was a bumper sticker I saw... "Sorry for driving so closely in front of you"
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I want them to pass at 30mph over the speed limit and I want them to continue to hold their acelerator to the floor until they disappear over the horizon or reach fuel cut-off. Whichever comes first.
Or (preferably) they get pulled over by a very irritable state trooper.

There's a great scene at the end of Raising Arizona where the boss, Glenn, is always trying to tell a Polack joke. He's pulled over and tries to tell the joke to the trooper to ease the situation. Camera pulls back and you see the name Jablonski (or similar) on the trooper's badge as he is writing the ticket
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Just remember, it's not you. When these guys get past you (whether you politely pull over or they get by you using the right lane), they will be for certainty seen ahead riding the next driver's rear bumper.
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A handful of rust would be great to drop through the floor pan
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Buddy of mine got in trouble for pointing a BB gun out the window and taking a shot. Wasn't even aiming but managed to hit the windshield. Think he just got a fine and probation, no jail time (or maybe just a short stint).

This is not a recommendation / suggestion, but it seems like it would be easy to fit a small box in the rear fender, behind the fender liner. A small pull wire could pull the liner enough to slowly release any gravel, sand, etc., that was in there. Said gravel would be rolled over by the rear tire and spray any tail-gaters
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...or a pet skunk in the trunk that could be trained to spray into a second dummy tailpipe. You could have fun all day with that setup.
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...or a pet skunk in the trunk that could be trained to spray into a second dummy tailpipe. You could have fun all day with that setup.
Are you suggesting...skunk junk in the trunk? I believe you are!
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Yes, but you have to keep moving forward.
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