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By lois2lane - / Wednesday 23 December 2009 07:15 / United States
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By  idrow

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Actually I do that all the time. The only people that get a pass are police officers and usually they have strobe lights for headlights. Personally I'd probably do the same thing mainly because most people nowadays drive offensively assuming you're going to be the defensive driver. So normally (and according to the test you take to get your license) you're supposed to slow down to compensate for some jackass riding your ass. You need to make sure there is ample distance in front of you so that if something happened you wouldn't have to slam on your brakes and have the engine block in your backseat. FYL for making the wrong choice this time but keep up the good work. I personally get a little humor out of these situations because in general it's usually someone that didn't allocate his time right and now has to hurry to his destination and become an actual distraction/liability on the road.

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And what if it's an actual emergency like in the OP's case. I'm not saying you should let the driver have what they want but slowing down is just a bitch move.

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My God.... Someone is a tad crabby. Cuz being delivered in the backseat of a car will DEFINITELY make a baby retarded. You know, back in the olden days, babies were delievered in the WILDERNESS because hospitals, get this, weren't INVENTED YET!?!?! :OOOOO What?!? Shocking, I know.

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Well obviously, but it's still not right to keep a pregnant woman waiting like that. I was just saddened by the fact that some people go out of their way to make others miserable.

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r u shitting me? you need to either grow up or wake up...... the majority of the population obviously doesn't go out of there way to do nice things for each other....at least in the US

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@ nomadxx7: regardless of the situation, not getting over for people that want to drive faster is as rude as not holding a door open for someone. I don't drive much faster than the speed limit, but it's very annoying when someone is driving slow in the fast lane. I don't like it when someone is driving dangerously fast either, but getting over is just being courteous, and actually safer because they won't end up resorting to dashing in and out of lanes to get by you. In fact, getting over is better defensive driving. Yes, they are being rude by tailgating, but what does being rude back accomplish? Nothing.

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Too many drivers think their journey is more important. So many drivers cause so mcuh danger jsut to get a few seconds ahead. It was unlucky this time but I bet 99% of the time you get tailgated it's just by some impatient prick

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Getting over when it's a two lane isn't possible unless you pull off on the side of the road. I firmly agree with the OP's actions. If I am being tailgated I will slow down until they back the hell off.

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how come is the OP a bitch? Seriously, way to many crazy people on the roads. The guy should scream that his wife is in labour. I don't see a reason why OP should feel embarrass . I agree your life is fucked

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how come is the OP a bitch? Seriously, way to many crazy people on the roads. The guy should scream that his wife is in labour. I don't see a reason why OP should feel embarrass . I agree your life is fucked

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Okay yeah would you lean out your window and risk crashing on a highway when the OP could have had her window rolled up and speakers blaring with your wife screaming so loud that you don't even know if your making any noise? Let's try to make a little ounce of sense next time. Kay? Thanks.

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Yet it's perfectly alright and also very safe to be riding someone's ass and honking at them (that's pretty much the definition they'd lock you up for under "road rage"). Plus how about if their was an accident on the highway? Lady in labor can't part a sea of automobiles. So in the scheme of things the OP isn't wrong and the guy doesn't get a pass because his wife's in labor. If anything he's risking his wife, himself and his kid driving erratically. Plus you can call the cops for an escort if need be, call an ambulance if need be or worse case have the kid in the back of the car (it's been done in the past and will continue into the future).

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But there wasn't an accident and there was no reason for the OP to be driving SLOWER than the speed limit, from what I understand of the FML. I agree that tailgating is dangerous but if the OP would have just let the driver pass instead of "being a bitch back" people wouldn't have road rage.

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As annoying as it may be, there is usually nothing illegal about driving less than the speed limit. And it is called a speed limit because that's as fast as you're supposed to go not because you're required to go that fast.

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Disagreed. How the hell was the OP supposed to know there was a woman giving LABOR in the backseat? Honestly, would you have pulled over, because I sure wouldn't have. 99.9% of the time, the tailgater is just being an asshole and just *can't stand* going the speed limit. This is one of the rare [and I mean RARE] times that they had a legitimate reason for being an ass. The OP was not a terrible person for going slower, just human. If you're going to say that, shouldn't you also say that the driver was a terrible person because he really did jeopardize the woman and her baby by taking his eyes off the rode and twisting around to point in the backseat? Besides, honestly the driver should've passed earlier if he was on his way to the hospital, instead of trying to tailgate the person. It takes literally one second to do so.

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Yea because when I look in my rear view mirror I can clearly see every person in the car behind me including someone who was in the backseat, probably lying down. NOT! Firstly the driver who was tailgating had many other options aside from being an ass. 1. Flashing the high beams which usually signals to another driver that something is amiss. 2. Using hazard lights. 3. Passing on a shoulder. 4. Sticking a hand out a window and waving erratically. Slightly less effective but it communicates that there's more going on then him just being an ass. 4. Or the best option would have been to call for a police escort or ambulance. Plus the driver obviously wasn't so concerned that when he broke away he sped off to the hospital. He slowed to flip OP off and point in the backseat another stupid and dangerous move.

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That man is dumb. Just call an ambulance. The ambulance will obviously have the right-of-way in traffic and get to the house faster. That man was also dumb for driving crazy with his pregnant wife!

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No dickhead, the inconsiderate driver is the twat driving behind her who was quite frankly endangering everybody. Of you bother to read the highway code it does say that if someone drives like that behind you, you are meant to gradually slow down until they back the fuck off.

Tempting to say "you had no way of knowing", but that's exactly why you should give people the benefit of the doubt. You could always rationalize letting them pass by thinking: "you're just gonna get to your speeding ticket faster if I let you pass" . Works for me ;-)

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But you don't even know if the man and his wife were really speeding. It's possible OP was going under the speed limit, it's very common and totally infuriating.

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It says that as soon as they got to a 2 lane the other car passed. So OP wasn't driving slow in the fast lane, and there was no lane to change to. And since when is taking the space OP is entitled to acting like she owns it. If anyone thought they owned the road, it was the man who just expected people to get out of the way because he was tailgating and honking. Even OP admits she was being a bitch, but she wasn't impeding traffic or driving illegally just because one person was slowed down.

I love getting passive aggressive with assholes on the road :D sure, that might make me an asshole too, but no matter, it's my kind of road rage! as for this particular incident, I don't see putting others lives at risk, (including the unborn child's) just to crap out a baby. I'm well aware complications can occur, but Christ, just stay calm and composed and take it from there. (cue endless botching about the agony of childbirh)

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Yea, but that's Texas... people sleep with their cousins there I don't see what everyone's problem is. I do the same thing when people come right up behind me, unless there was somewhere I could pull into and let them pass.

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What state do you live? Firstly ambulances do not have to stop at red lights and do not have to obey speed limits if there is an emergency and their lights/siren are on. Cars and pedestrians are supposed to yield to them for just that reason. That is why ambulances get to hospitals in time to save lives.

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rlly!?! i have never seen an ambulance with a dying person in the back stop at a red light and wait for it to turn green. im prettyy sure when u hear a siren u r supposed to go to the side of the road to let it by

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yeah absolutely, if an ambulence comes up behind you with it's lights on, you're meant to do anything you can to get out of it's way (without endangering anybody). They are allowed to run red lights, the other people are meant to stop and wait.

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