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Tricia’s Place – The Tailgating Driver

I know I’ve told you about several of the things that are included on my ‘pet peeve list’, but as of right now, tailgating drivers is my biggest peeve of them all!

I frequently drive on the interstate, because I can drive faster there and thus arrive at my destination all the quicker.

I do remain mindful, however, that I should stay at least one car length behind the car ahead of me for every 10 miles an hour (as the law of the road stipulates).

That gives me plenty of time to stop in case that car in front of me has an emergency stop, like hitting a deer or blowing a tire.

But if I drove like many do on the Interstate, God help us all, there would be many more wrecks taking place!

If I drove like so many of the other tailgating interstate driving crew, my car, tight on his bumper, would soon become the rear part of his vehicle, and I probably wouldn’t be around anymore.

I see this occur every time I am on the interstate, and often when I am driving in city traffic, too.

It’s terrible!

I feel as though I need to put the Florida Highway Patrol on speed dial, and give them a call whenever I see an incident of tailgating; there are times when I see a highway patrol trooper driving along, but the only time I see a trooper pulling over another vehicle is when someone has been speeding!

Yes, I know speeding is bad, but in my opinion, tailgating is worse.

A speeder can always drive away, before the trooper gets there, that is if he makes sure he is in a clear lane. A speeding driver can also move right along and right out of my way.

Let us imagine, for a moment, that a trooper came up upon a tailgating driver and decided to pull this young tailgating driver over.

The trooper would become a tailgater of another kind as the trooper car speeds up, getting behind the tailgater with his lights on, and hopefully the car would pull over to the side and stop.

Now pulled off to the side, the trooper parked right behind the tailgater, the highway patrol trooper would get out of his vehicle, walk over to the tailgater.

In this imagining example of mine, the trooper would write the driver a ticket for speeding, for tailgating, for not wearing a seatbelt, etc., and give the young tailgating driver quite a talking to!

The young man, now quite pale-faced from his interaction with law enforcement, would decide it is better for him if he tried to keep the law, instead of breaking it!

As he drives back off, now with a handful of tickets costing him quite a lot of money, he will have learned a lesson.

Giving up money, when it’s unexpected, can be mighty tough and a hard way to learn a lesson!