Sat at the traffic lights in my car this morning on a 50mph dual carriageway. As they changed, a car appeared quickly in my rear view mirror and tailgated me as I pulled away.
I was a bit quicker off than the car next to me in the nearside lane, so duly pulled over. By this time I was doing 50, and the tailgater was desperate to get past. This seems to be a common occurrence - happens all the time on the motorway, someone follows at a reasonable distance, but as soon as you move ion a lane, they can't follow suit but must speed up, then block you in when you need to pull out again.
Anyway, this morning common sense and good judgement went to the wind. I just kept accelerating steadily, just in front of the tailgater, to see how fast they would go to try and get past.
55mph, 60, 70, 75!
I bottled it then, the common sense synapses belatedly started firing. The other driver passed at around 85mph (still in a 50 limit), then had to pull in sharply to get into a left hand filter lane and stop (they could have pulled in at any point as I was still slightly in front). I decided not to do the head-shake and look as I'd been a **** too, as I sailed on past.
But why the need to do this? What drives people to have this must-overtake attitude when its clear they don't need to and it doesn't advantage them?
Do you do this, as there seem to be plenty who do?