Changing the subject from journalism to irritation-ism, Bowling Green driving habits have been a source of many letters to the editor over the years. Tailgating seems to be most popular driving style. Speeding remains a popular pastime as well.
Often, looking in a rear-view mirror, you can discover soccer moms talking on cellphones while driving SUVs the size of Rhode Island only a few feet from your bumper. Their hair may be standing on end, faces locked in a grimace, perhaps a hand gesture or two in your mirror’s frame, while you plod along at or near the speed limit.
So how do you react to tailgaters?
I keep more distance from the car ahead of me so if I need to react quickly, I have more room to maneuver. Under no circumstances do I allow such pressure to make me speed up. In fact, I sometimes slow down to create more space between my vehicle and the one in front of mine. I sense tailgaters hate me.
Here’s an infuriating example of tailgating gone wild. One morning, I was leaving my neighborhood, where many kids play, older adults take walks, etc. I was passed, in a 25 mph zone, by a young motorist who proceeded to reach a speed of about 50 mph after becoming disgruntled by my 20-plus mph gait.
If you’re a habitual tailgater, let’s hear your side of the issue as well. I want insight into the minds of motorists.
Share some experiences. I’m extremely curious.