Tailgater Challenged

Submitted by: kitteh9lives 5 years ago in

1st driver plays eat my brakes and then stops ON THE HIGHWAY to confront the tailgater. Think he made his point?
There are 57 comments:
Male 143
if someone obviously wants to pass you on the highway in the fast lane, the decent thing to do it move over and let them by. Sure the camera man was tailgating but the douche in front of him should of just gotten out of his way instead of being a huge dick about it
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Male 1
kinky_afr0: Those aren`t US license plates, LRN2FACTS
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Male 583
stupid americans
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Male 997
Choose any point, say one of those street lamps on the side of the road as first car passes you should have enough time to say "Only a fool breaks the two second rule" by the time you go past the same point. Clearly tailgating!
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Male 621
FYI - 2 seconds apart at 55 MPH = 161 feet or roughly 12 car lengths apart (assuming one car length = 13.5 feet).

3 seconds apart at 55 MPH = 242 feet or roughly 18 car lengths apart.

So, tailgating? The math says HELL YES.
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Male 621
@EgalM: "That looked pretty close to the two car lengths you should have between you."

Uh... It`s not "two car lengths", it`s "two seconds" that you`re supposed to have between you and the driver in front of you. And that`s under ideal conditions.

At night you should have at least 3 seconds between you and the car in front of you, and under rainy conditions you should have at least 4 seconds. (source)

Watch the video. This guy was barely 1 second behind the guy in front of him.

THAT *IS* TAILGATING.

Worse yet, this was apparently under wet conditions, so it was terribly unsafe.
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Female 71
the dumbass that stopped better have gotten the ticket
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Male 1,511
The comments here are almost as stupid as that first driver. And why does the second car`s door go flying forward, did he have his door open? Or did the crash rip it open? It`s like they were going to go fight in the middle of the fast lane. Almost Darwin awards for all.
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Male 6,737
"That looked pretty close to the two car lengths you should have between you."

What!?

Two car lengths? At 70ish MPH is like not even a quater of a second braking time.
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Female 52
@qualityjay--he wasn`t on the shoulder, he was in lane, that is why the 18wheelers were honking. it was just where two hiways merge, no emergency lane. @atl1en...i agree...i wouldn`t call that tailgating at all!!
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Male 168
Damn it! I can`t see this video. This is one i`d watch coz I always wondered what my friends were thinking when they would slam on the breaks to "teach the tailgater a lesson".
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Male 303
"Ehhh... I balem the third car for trying to drive on the shoulder of the road. "
Piperquin:
I`m guessing you don`t drive yet. If he had stayed in the left lane it would have been a MUCH more horrible crash. He used the shoulder for what it is for: emergencies.
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Male 1,737
That looked pretty close to the two car lengths you should have between you.
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Male 29
@Musoko42

Never drive in Las Vegas if you think THAT`S bad driving. I used to think Tucson, AZ was full of bad drivers... Then I moved here. Whole new level... Grand Theft Auto is like pre-school.

Seriously, if you can`t handle it, stay off the roads near any major city. Not an excuse for horrible city drivers, just a disclaimer.

Also, if you brake on a highway like that guy, expect this.
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Male 622
lmao you call that tailgating? what a joke. come to georgia and you will see some road rage. the guy infront deserved to get smashed by that car taht hit them. i hate fin stupid peopel ont eh roads. ESP people who break check when im 20 feet behind their cars.
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Male 792
Well, the idiot in the front was going slow in the far right lane. But, you don`t play games...especially on the highway.
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Male 663
That`s not tailgating... he was a bit close, but not tailgating by any means, aside when the car kept braking.
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Male 621
@Musko42: Totally agree with you.

The second guy was barely two car lengths behind the first guy, which is unsafe at those speeds.

Still, stupid place to confront the guy about it, as the results demonstrated.

Also, good description. The ending caught me totally off guard. <thumbs up>
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Male 2,850
@EvilBigHead

"That`s not tailgating. I follow much closer."

If you have to emergency brake to react to the car in front of you braking (as the second driver here had to, judging from the sound of the brakes and the sharpness of the car`s stopping), then yes, you`re tailgating. You need to be leaving enough room to be able to come to a safe and controlled stop if the car in front of you slams on their brakes.

And if you honestly do follow much closer than that (at that speed), then you`re an accident waiting to happen.

1st driver at fault for braking without cause, and then stopping without cause.

2nd driver at fault for tailgating.

3rd driver at fault for not reacting to the stopped cars and...well...plain old crashing.
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Male 4
You should have about 2 seconds between your car and the car in front of you.
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Male 4,902
The idiot stopped on the freeway, it`s his dumbass fault. If I was guy in 2nd car I probably would have pulled his ass out of his car and beat him.
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Male 1,558
non-nice individual going too slow in the passing lane anyway
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Male 14,826
well, that was awkward.
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Female 58
Piperquinn, you said "Ehhh... I balem the third car for trying to drive on the shoulder of the road. Plus, don`t drive in the left lane if you can`t handle going over the speed limit."

The third car swerved into the shoulder because they were seemingly driving the speed limit (65-75) when suddenly they saw that their lane was completely obstructed. If they couldn`t stop fast enough (and if you notice, the pavement looks wet, which makes it difficult to brake hard without skidding), it`s reasonable that they would have swerved into the breakdown lane to avoid ramming into the cars. It happened to me on the highway once, and I wasn`t the only person forced to swerve onto the median strip to avoid rear-ending other cars who had to stop. In my case, it would have been a multi-car pileup if me and several other cars involved hadn`t gotten off the road and out of the way.
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Male 48
if the first car where merely stopped, it would be the third car`s fault, however the first car was parked, and since he was not in a legal parking zone it is his fault
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Male 3,431
Only in Americ... wait...
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Male 1,810
@skullgrin - your post is accurate. Unless said tailgating happened before the vid started, the front guy is is to blame 100%.
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Female 43
Ehhh... I balem the third car for trying to drive on the shoulder of the road. Plus, don`t drive in the left lane if you can`t handle going over the speed limit.
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Male 936
5cats, you`re joking right? Its the first car`s fault....

A) the 2nd car couldnt have been tailgating that bad if when the 1st car stopped and he didn`t hit him

B) if the 1st car thought the 2nd car was tailgating he should have switched lanes

C) the third car hit 2 parked cars...that were parked on the highway... definitely a mistake on his part, but it was the first cars fault for it happening.
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Male 37,693
It`s 100% the fault of the 3rd car, with the spoiler. Hitting parked cars is a no-no.
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Male 4,793
Idiot in the green car. Whatever, she`ll be sued out the ass for this i`m sure.
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Male 2,390
at what point was he even that close to be considered tailgaiting. dude broke up with his girlfriend and since she wasn`t around for him to beat he decided to take it out on some random. and look where it gotcha. effin Karma. I`d marry her if i could.
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Male 928
@button_guy Then you must not have realized those plates aren`t from the U.S. which means this is not the same.
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Male 911
@Dracobi It`s called a dash-cam, a lot of people get the cameras installed so they have video evidence for insurance agencies when poo happens, like this for instance.
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Male 15,510
So pathetic in so many levels!
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Male 289
this is not tailgating, this is just driving. and what a moron. also, quick question, why was he filming in the first place?
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Female 54
people continue to amaze me...
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Male 171
It`s called the `fast lane` because the left hand side of the road in the US doesn`t slow down. All the turn-offs are on the right on the highways, which results in people braking and causing traffic to go slower. Fast lane never meant `Okay to speed in lane` like some idiots believe.
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Male 2,345
that person that stopped should be charge with criminal negligence if their country has such laws.
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Male 1,832
The beautiful thing about this video is three idiots got what they deserved.
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Male 83
That`s not tailgating. I follow much closer.
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Male 331
The guy, or girl, who was recording probably was thinking, I will never stop behind a car like that EVER again!
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Male 2,159
if your car runs,don`t stop in the fast lane. Thanks to the "Tailgaters" dashcam,driver one gonna pay.
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Male 3,462
darkmagic, "fast lane" is a turn of phrase.
Generally when you`re in the passing lane you are going faster than the person you`re passing, no?
Hence "fast lane".
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Male 878
Seemed inevitable as soon as the idiot started hitting his brakes in the fast lane. If someone is tailgating, just move over and let them get out of your six o`clock.
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Male 1,950
Goes to show that people going too slow in the left lane is more dangerous than tailgating. MOVE THE F OVER
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Male 1,625
[quote]Why was the first guy in the fast lane[/quote]

I`m sorry, when did the left lane become the `fast` lane as opposed to the `passing` lane. not to mention, even in the passing lane, speeding is not allowed.

protip: not everywhere has the law that you can`t be in the left lane unless you`re passing or that you can`t pass on the right
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Male 1,920
@CrakrJak
"Stopping on the highway like that is illegal, it`s posted on signs next to the on-ramp."

You are probably right, but that is not a US plate, so maybe the laws are different.

"2nd driver should be ticketed for tailgating."

At least from what can be seen in this video, he was not tailgating. Also the first driver had ample opportunity to get out of the way, but was engaging in what would be considered road rage in the US.

@iamboredtooo
"My thought is probably that the `undertaking` car was the car directly behind the one filming and that it was trying to steer clear of a crash."

They were stopped too long for the third car to be directly behind them. The drive of the third car was just not paying attention to what was ahead of him and tried to avoid the collision too late.
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Male 1,197
yea, i think the 3rd car was under heavy breaking, not expecting to have cars stopped on the freeway

there was hardly any tailgating there (unless something we missed before the vid started?) some people get so precious ... and dangerous to other people on the road
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Male 1,249
yes thank you iab thank you for not ruining it with the descrip keep doing that 4 reals
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Male 214
madduck: "Why was someone undertaking?"

My thought is probably that the `undertaking` car was the car directly behind the one filming and that it was trying to steer clear of a crash.
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Male 219
lol the title was good, made me not expect that at all
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Male 3,462
It didn`t seem like the second guy was tailgating, but okay.

Why was the first guy in the fast lane if he wanted to go slow?
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Female 7,866
Why was someone undertaking?
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Male 17,512
Stopping on the highway like that is illegal, it`s posted on signs next to the on-ramp.

The lead driver should be charged with the whole accident, jailed, and have their license suspended. 2nd driver should be ticketed for tailgating.
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Male 25,416
Wow.. well its dumb to stop on a highway.. But i guess they all learned from this
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Female 8,044
Link: Tailgater Challenged [Rate Link] - 1st driver plays eat my brakes and then stops ON THE HIGHWAY to confront the tailgater. Think he made his point?
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