You know the feeling. You look in your rear view mirror because you have the feeling that someone is trying to drive your car – and sure enough, there is a driver behind you that is so close you can’t even read his licence plate.
Why do people think that tailgating will make you speed up or drive differently? Well, in some ways they are right – they DO make me drive differently.
For one thing, I only drive with my left hand on the steering wheel, because the right hand is waving to the driver behind me, with one finger raised to make sure he can see me.
And of course, because that other driver is SO anxious to help me drive my car, I slow right down to make it easier for them to see my other hand signals. After all, communication should be two-way and I only want to ensure that they understand what I am trying to say.
The tailgaters seem to particularly like it when I flash my brake lights at them, to show my appreciation for their assistance. I see their hands go up and down in a curious display of vigorous activity, and it appears that they are expressing their joy at being of help to a helpless woman driver when I see their lips moving rapidly in time with their pumping fists.
It’s so nice to know that there are people out there who just want to be helpful to others on the road.