It is so annoying.
Not to mention it is dangerous.
I know that when someone does that, it usually means they are in a hurry and want you to speed up.
Guess what? It doesn't make me speed up. In fact, it irritates me so much, that I do completely the opposite.
There is one particular incident that stands out for me.
One night, I was on my way home, driving the speed limit, just minding my own business. All of the sudden a guy comes up behind me and starts riding my bumper. He was obviously very impatient and started honking. Well, that really didn't sit well with me, so I gradually slowed down, way down. I never stomped the brakes (something I know people do) and I tried to remain calm. We came upon an intersection in which we both made a right turn onto a 4 lane road. I immediately got back up to the speed limit as he went to the left lane in order to pass me.
What he didn't know was that my boyfriend was ahead of me and had slowed down when he had not seen me for a while.
He saw what was happening through his rearview mirror.
Just as the guy was coming up along side of me, Howard moved to the left lane, which blocked the guy from passing me.
At that point Howard and I both slowed down and drove together, which kept him in a blocked position.
I don't think the guy liked that very much, as he threw his arms up and honked at Howard. We were approaching the intersection to turn. Howard slowly moved over behind me as we began to make a right turn, and the guy made it to the intersection only to be stopped by a red light. As we made our turn, he sat at the red light, gesturing, yelling and honking.
The timing of everything was impeccable, and of course he had no clue that we even knew each other.
You know what "they" say about patience!
Howard and I still laugh and say every so often...."wonder if he is still mad".
Slow down and be safe!
I posted this on July 12, 2005
Just a side note: At no time during the drive home did we ever drive in a manner that would be harmful to anyone.