Crosswords0 min ago
While driving this morning I came off a roundabout in the outside lane onto a dual carriageway, with slower cars on my inside so I stayed in the outside. By the time I was doing 60mph there were 2 cars left to pass, doing about 45 mph. Suddenly there was a car behind me, flashing lights, driver shaking his head at me. I thought maybe there were emergency vehicles around, but no, so I carried on, passed the cars a few seconds later and then pulled in. As the guy passed me he mouthed something at me and then did the same thing to the next car. The man looked so respectable that I thought I'd done something wrong!
If I was overtaking someone then it is fine to be in the outside lane isn't it? I passed my test about a year ago and still get fits of inferiority sometimes - Am I right in thinking this guy was just a t*sser? (which happened to be what I mouthed at him... the best word I find as you don't have to move your lips to say it... I'm a good girl really!)
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acw - Left foot braking = depressing the brake pedal just enough to activate the brake lights but because your right foot is still on the accelerator you can maintain your speed so the car behind can't run into the back of you.
Seeing the brake lights should cause an automatic reaction by the driver behind you without the risk of a collision.
' ...are we MEANT to do that?'
No, but the other driver in question isn't meant to drive like he was either! (I know two wrongs don't make a right).
'I had assumed that once you hit the break, the accelerator is overridden anyway.'
Not on a car with manual transmission; that's what the clutch is for. (Question doesn't specify type of car being driven although predominantly manual in UK).
Personally, I wouldn't touch the brakes in this situation. If the other driver slams into the back of you, it's obviously his fault, but is it really worth all the aggrevation of going through the claims process, and de-valuing your car as a damaged-repaired vehicle just through an unnessessary collision?
To answer the original question, as others have pointed out, you didn't do anything wrong, and it sounds like you were totally correct in your assessment of him as a self-abuser.
Thanks for all your answers I'm glad you all agree with me on the whole! BenDToy, no I didn't do anything to annoy him, apart from just being ahead of him... I drive this route every day to work, the roundabout had both lanes for going straight on, he was in the same lane as me going onto the roundabout at any rate. I just hope I don't come across him again!
Otrere, I LOVE the tongue idea. It sounds brilliant, I am pretty mild-mannered and never want to aggravate situations like this, cos whatever I think about these aggressive drivers any hassle is just not worth it and they can cause serious trouble. As long as I'm smiling at them, what can they do?!
I had a similar experience once, but when the driver passed and turned to look at me and mouth some obscenity (as I just knew he would!) I calmly smiled and blew him a big ole kiss! Ha - that got to him and his taken-aback reaction seemed to make me feel a bit better as well, just because it was probably the last thing he was expecting.
Give it a go next time anything like this happens and see what reaction you get!