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== Tailgating in heavy traffic == == Other Information ==
Tailgating is an interesting issue. While not exactly legal or even ethical, it can be useful for helping a left lane bandit realize that it's time to get out of the way. In any other instance, though, it's unsafe and rude.

When you're in moderate or heavy traffic, it definitely pays to do like you were taught in Driver's Ed and maintain a proper following distance. If I had a nickel for every time I saw someone pulled over because of a rearend fender-bender in heavy traffic... well, I'd be able to pay someone else to make this site look nicer! Needless to say, those minor accidents lead to even more traffic backup (see rubbernecking), and it's no fun for anyone involved. Sadly, the most common offenders that I've seen have been driving larger vehicles, specifically SUVs and minivans, which usually brake significantly worse than smaller cars.

One would think that this is a real simple concept, yet the amount of people I see driving right on other peoples' asses in traffic is ridiculous. Keep your distance!

Most common annoyances
Not yielding to faster traffic ("left-lane bandits")
Failing to signal lane changes
Moving over at the last possible second
Tailgating in heavy traffic
High-beam usage
Neglecting to move over when making turns
Coming to a near-stop at railroad crossings

Less common annoyances
Jamming on the brakes upon seeing someone pulled over
Crawling on high-speed entrance ramps
Forgetting that green means go
Not yielding to other cars when lost
Poor-weather driving etiquette
In-car distractions
Stopping at the end of an entrance ramp

Non-driving annoyances
Law enforcement
Parking maladies
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