Two questions.

You know when you are driving down the highway and the speed limit suddenly changes from 80 to 100 (kilometres per hour, of course) and you are annoyed because the car in front of you doesn’t accelerate near as quickly as you’d like it to so you get real close, almost close enough to be considered tailgating and you turn on your left blinker and ease over to check that you’ve got room and you gun it and pass that sluggish sonofagun, just leave him right in the proverbial dust, and you zoom on ahead happy to be rid of the obstacle once and for all, only by the time you get back down to a nice easy non-passing speed you realise that that slow guy finally did make it up to the new speed limit, a little over it actually, and now he’s gaining on you and maybe you should’n’t’ve taken on so much and made such a big production out of how much faster you could go than him, how many more limits you could push because suddenly he’s right on your tail and you can’t just let him pass you: you’re committed to that higher speed but it makes you a tiny bit nervous because going 140 in a 100 zone isn’t all that safe, you’ve bitten more than you can chew but you just had to save face didn’t you?

But of course we aren’t just talking about driving anymore are we.

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5 Responses to Two questions.

  1. Mariano says:

    Usually, what I do with drivers that are too close to my tail, is slow down to put the guy behind nervous instead of being nervous myself.
    Also, maybe this guy was angry because you passed him, some people are like that.

  2. James says:

    I was driving back to Ipswich on the A12 (you’ve been on that road, its the ‘highway’ that we used coming back from the airport) last Sunday and I was doing 105 mph (170 km/h) and I was still being overtaken. I work on the assumption that if I’m not the fastest thing then I’m unlikley to be busted by the Police.

    The latest good news is that the government is going to raise the speed limit to 80mph, which means that everyone will drive at 90 with relative impunity.

  3. Maureen says:

    This happens to me a lot. I usually just put on the cruise control and let the other drivers decide how fast they want to go around me. However, if someone messes up my cruise control mojo, I get a little pissy.

  4. Mindi says:

    I do this all the time! And then I have to look straight forward and pretend I don’t even see them when they pass me back.

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