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Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

I've now been shunted twice from behind at traffic lights and crawling on the highway because the driver behind insists on getting as close to my rear bumper as possible. On both shunts there was no visible damage, but nonetheless its very very annoying

I was taught that when stationary you should always be able to see the other driver's rear tyres, and if you can't then you're too bloody close.

GRRRR I'm sick of this S**T
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

Next time call the police even if there is no damage.

The closer the driver behind the slower I drive.
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The closer the driver behind the slower I drive.
I do the same -- and if they persist in tailgating, I come to a complete stop and just wait for a minute or so. Generally the tailgater's impatience turns rapidly to apprehension, normally accompanied by circumspection and a distinct improvement in road manners!
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Next time call the police even if there is no damage
Seriously?
Won't I get massive bill for wasting police time? And what exactly would they do with regards the offending driver?
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Old 03.02.2015, 10:27
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Seriously?
Won't I get massive bill for wasting police time? And what exactly would they do with regards the offending driver?
There as an accident - you can call the police!!

First thing to do though - is stop - handbrake on, hazards on - and then out with your phone to photograph the accident and the persons numberplate. Then at least act like you are going to call the police.

Then come over all Swiss - and just take 500chf to repair the damage!

The driver would be prosecuted for not being in control of their car
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

Argh! The Swiss drivers (or should I say drivers in CH??) are doing my head in this week! I noticed that the drivers stop at a zebra crossing to let us go, but then before I even got to the island, they are already driving away! One car almost hit me yesterday when my old small buggy got stuck in the snow, and I was still on the road! Arghhh
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

I agree about a total lack of respect for pedestrians on zebra crossings. Even when a kid is waiting to cross, you see 5 cars driving straight over.
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

Let me give a special mention to the drivers who are such in a rush they can't wait for you to get out of the parking spot and will pass even when you are in movement.

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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

Yep, call the police and claim whiplash injury.

I also slow down, by just taking my foot off the throttle and not showing brake lights - but you need to keep one eye on the rearview, just in case they don't notice.

At a stop, I always leave enough room to manoeuvre around the vehicle in front, just in case it breaks down.
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

It is indeed very annoying when other drivers are careless. Anyone else ever been reversed into the front?? It's happened to me twice! (In the UK so slightly off-topic..) Both times I had a line of vehicles behind me so could not get out of the way. It's horrifying when you see it coming towards you and you reach the point where you realise, no, they are not going to stop, wtaf are they doing, better beep the horn, oops too late!! One time the woman actually had the cheek to claim I went into the back of her we were lucky there was a witness, she accused him of being one of our mates she lost the case but it was still very annoying!
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

We were walking to the Volkshaus last Wednesday and had to pass behind a car waiting at a side road off Langstrasse. As my friend walked past, the idiot reversed into him (to allow a bus to pass on the main road), bumped into him and nearly knocked him over. Luckily he wasn't at all hurt, but could well have been. He exchanged a few choice words with the driver and we went on our way.
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There as an accident - you can call the police!!

First thing to do though - is stop - handbrake on, hazards on - and then out with your phone to photograph the accident and the persons numberplate. Then at least act like you are going to call the police.

Then come over all Swiss - and just take 500chf to repair the damage!

The driver would be prosecuted for not being in control of their car
I think their needs to be an injury for the police to come out.

Whiplash is very difficult to detect though.....
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I think their needs to be an injury for the police to come out.

Whiplash is very difficult to detect though.....
but if you're blocking a junction or road, I think the police will be needed.
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

I've also noticed this and funny enough the most aggressive drivers seem to be women. What I do when this happens to me is to put my window washer on. This squirts them with just enough water to smear their windscreen if they put their wipers on. After a few times they generally get the message.
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Re: Tailgating at lights and slow moving traffic

sweet, another swiss driving skills bashing thread

All has been said already, but I have never seen anywhere else than Switzerland the conjunction of so many terrible driving habits :
- tailgating
- no respect whatsoever of pedestrians and bicycles
- jamming the "fast" left lane of the autobahn, while the one or 2 other lanes are almost empty
- passing a car then cutting 2 meters in front of it, but somehow driving slower than it now
- changing lanes when you pass them

the list can go on and on.

I've driven in other countries in Europe and Asia, and never faced such general lack of competence (meaning to say: in all aspects of driving) when it came to driving.
But then again, maybe I'm the one who can't drive properly?

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I've also noticed this and funny enough the most aggressive drivers seem to be women. What I do when this happens to me is to put my window washer on. This squirts them with just enough water to smear their windscreen if they put their wipers on. After a few times they generally get the message.
Another option is to put the rear fog lights on briefly. that may give the impression of braking ang get them to back off.

If it is feasible, the best option is just to let them pass. You can then carry on your way, stress-free (until the next car catches up)
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I have never seen anywhere else than Switzerland the conjunction of so many terrible driving habits :
- tailgating
- no respect whatsoever of pedestrians and bicycles
- jamming the "fast" left lane of the autobahn, while the one or 2 other lanes are almost empty
- passing a car then cutting 2 meters in front of it, but somehow driving slower than it now
- changing lanes when you pass them

the list can go on and on.

I've driven in other countries in Europe and Asia, and never faced such general lack of competence
Listen, I know the Swiss can be entitled dicks on the road and that there's a lot more X5's knocking about than in most places, which does kinda push up the arsehole count up somewhat...but are you trying to seriously claim that the Swiss are more annoying than the Italians, more dangerous than the Spanish or more fkwitted than the Russians?
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Listen, I know the Swiss can be entitled dicks on the road and that there's a lot more X5's knocking about than in most places, which does kinda push up the arsehole count up somewhat...but are you trying to seriously claim that the Swiss are more annoying than the Italians, more dangerous than the Spanish or more fkwitted than the Russians?
No, I don't. I feared for my life every time i sat in a car in Russia (behind the wheel or not), and even India was a pleasure after that.
The only thing I'm saying is that I've never seen such generalised incompetence as bad as in Switzerland. Even the bus drivers don't respect zebra crossings (i've had one "Postauto" bus driver beeping his horn when I crossed the street on the zebra in front of Baden bahnhof, he did not want to slow down. Same behaviour as in Russia, really).
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(i've had one "Postauto" bus driver beeping his horn when I crossed the street on the zebra in front of Baden bahnhof, he did not want to slow down. Same behaviour as in Russia, really).
Not true.

In Russia they don't toot the horn, they just run you over
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Just lane-split! Oh wait...
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