It happens all over - slow pokes who like to speed match so you cannot go around them. Happens all the time on one of the roads between work and home.
Sometimes the two drivers are oblivious to what they are doing. But as often than not, at least one of them thinks it is their duty to keep anyone from passing. If one of the speed-matching cars increases speed slightly, I get behind that person. However, I cannot challenge the other driver directly because he/she (yes women do it too) will make sure you don't get around him/her.
What I do is hold back until the faster car has given me enough room. Then I blip the throttle and I'm around both of them. This is possible because the speed enforcer who does not want you to pass doesn't think there's enough room - he/she has never driven a car that builds revs that fast. Most of the time that is the end of it, they accept the fact that they failed in their duty. Maybe they'll honk their horn or flash their lights but that's usually it.
Not today. Same scenario. Behind a guy in the left lane speed matching the guy in the right lane. I noticed that the guy in the right lane slightly increased his speed. I got in that lane and slowly crept up as the gap opened. When I saw enough daylight I blipped the throttle and was around.
The guy in the left lane could not accept that he failed. He hit the gas and after a few seconds was on my bumper. I switched to the right lane to go around another car and Mr. Slowpoke/Tailgater stayed right with me. Hmm. Coming up on a red light. An 18 wheeler was one of the vehicles in the right lane so I got back in the left lane. Mr. Slowpoke/Tailgater stayed in the right lane and maintained his speed, wanting to cut me off. Didn't happen.
After the light changed, Mr. Slowpoke/Tailgater tried to catch up to me again, but other traffic intervened. I went home without further incident.
This speed matching scenario plays out on other roads all the time including the Interstate. Can't we all just get along?
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