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T is for Tailgaters

Tailgaters are a fact of driving; there are people are out there who simply for one reason or another drive too close to the car in front. Is it the “me first” syndrome or something else? So what options do we have when we are being tailgated?
me-first Now, I am going to group some of the ‘options’ together simply to save time. A lot of people think it is a good idea to either… “Keep tapping the brake to put the lights on and off, putting the windscreen washers on so that the care behind gets a soaking, putting the headlights and tail lights on and off, putting the fog lights on, putting the hazard warning lights or even giving unofficial hand signals! Phew.

Now all of the above will only antagonize the tailgater, even the driver who may well have just got too close accidentally, you are now engaged in some sort of psychological game with someone you do not even know, a game with no winners.

Your concentration is likely to be on the following driver and not on the road in front, you will be distracted and you might have to do the one thing you don’t actually want to do that is brake sharply to avoid a collision to the front, because something has happened that you did not notice or noticed too late, because your focus in on the person behind you. However, it has to be said that it is the one thing you really feel like doing just to simply slam on the brakes and let them “have a bit of that” but you know there could be consequences to slamming on and that you could end up with your own fatality.

Anyway, I think you get the point. One of the more ‘serious’ options I have heard someone say is to apply the parking brake, as this will slow the car down with no warning to the following driver. I hope you agree that this is not only really dangerous but just plain stupid too! Not only for the following driver but for the person being tailgated too. If you choose this option you could be hit from behind by the following driver who may not even had a chance to do any braking!

A more unusual and really stupid option was offered up from a lady who I met on a driving course who said that she throws mint imperials out of the sun roof! Imagine how this lady would feel if the following driver swerved to avoid this and knocked over a few pedestrians out in the process, all this because she was just trying to get even.

One of the most common options people tell me that they do is to speed up, well we all know that this does not work because the tailgater, more often that not will simply keep up with you. If they are an aggressive tailgater it can just anger them, if it is a habitual tailgater, they will just follow you. But in both instances the risk is going up, the faster you both go the higher the risk is going to go. It is common to feel like speeding up to get away from the risk, but it seldom works.

By far the best option will be to keep calm and carry on, but you might also have to slow down a bit, not to antagonise the following driver, but to create more time and space in front of you, so that you don’t‘have’ to do the one thing you really might ‘want’ to do, that is to simply slam on.

Another way to look at it is to imagine you are towing a trailer or caravan, anyone who has had experience in this will know that when you are towing you simply have to brake earlier and smoother, you also have to plan earlier to accommodate the trailer, and you can use the same strategy when being tailgated.

A lot of people who do tailgate do it habitually, they don’t actually want you to go faster or to get out of the way, they are in fact in their comfort zone driving this close to you, they have formed this habit because they have managed to get away with it for so long they have become unaware of the dangers or consequences, the have simply never ran into the back of anyone, yet!
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Malaika Wong
2018-12-04T09:44:39+0000
My 17 year old daughters confidence was knocked by a previous instructor. On her first lesson with Kerrie, she had big smiles. Thanks to Kerrie's teaching methods my daughter no longer hated driving and passed first time! Fabulous instructor and beautiful person. Thank you so much for all your hard work. I'm a happy and proud mum.
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Peter Moon New
2018-09-14T02:12:45+0000
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Kriss James
2018-07-31T15:16:25+0000
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Karen Errity
Karen Errity
2018-04-15T17:37:41+0000
Loved doing my ADI Training with insight2drive. Why? It was fun and hardwork at the same time. Since becoming a professional ADI, I enjoy being part of a team of like minded instructors whose aim is to teach safe competent driving for life and not just pass a test. Kathy and the training team continue to provide CPD (continuous professional development) to all the team so we keep our standards high, which makes us the best training academy in the region for learners to be the best they can. 5 stars all the way guys �����
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Debra Jordan
2018-04-15T10:07:09+0000
The best !! Kathy and the team provide the best support, catering for whatever needs the pupil has, can't recommend them enough
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Ellie Ianson
2017-11-30T18:47:41+0000
Leanne was recommended to me by a friend in work, after being let down by my previous driving instructor who couldn't fit lessons in for me around my work schedule. After failing my first driving test at Southport in the summer with my previous instructor, I had already rebooked my test in Norris Green for the beginning of November when i started my lessons with Leanne in September. We had a lot of work to do in a short space of time. Leanne went out of her way to make time for me and pushed me to do the best i can. She was always thorough in her lessons and helped calm my nerves as i was a really anxious driver. I passed first time using insight2drive and can not thank Leanne enough for helping me, would recommend her to anyone!
Samantha Cain
Samantha Cain
2017-11-17T15:16:56+0000
One of their drivers Andy has robbed me off my money, cancelled on me every week with fake excuses and cancelled on my friend the next day with a complete other excuse so I asked for my money back (6 weeks in a row he cancelled), he then only partly gave me my money back (after waiting over 3 weeks for it) and kept the rest and is now ignoring all messages, I have contacted the company who are also blanking my messages. I’m not one to complain usually especially as he was previously a good instructor but taking somebody’s money and not repaying them back when you haven’t provided a service is disgraceful. I don’t see how you can expect someone to pass their test if you cancel most weeks. I have tried to sort this out with both Andy and Insight 2 Drive and both are now ignoring me so I will be taking this further
Danny Linacre
Danny Linacre
2017-07-23T18:53:04+0000
When I first started with Leanne I hadnt drove on the road for about 4 years and had really bad habits from driving a forklift she was really patient and I felt really comfortable with her all have the lessons were enjoyable and she managed to get threw in under 3 months with a 1st time pass I couldn't recommend insight2drive highly enough and especially Leanne she was brilliant.
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Pauline Harvey
2017-07-06T15:19:25+0000
I was recommended insight to drive by my friend Amanda who was also a driving instructor, I was buying a birthday package for my son, he was allocated Jerry Dowling as his instructor, I couldn't have asked for a better instructor he has helped Sam so much, and today he passed his test. Well done Sam and many thanks for all your help Jerry.
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2015-03-16T15:06:24+0000
I began my driving lessons with another school shortly after my 18th birthday and it was horrific. I had an instructor who was a family friend and did us a 'discount' for this relationship. It was the biggest waste of time and money that i had ever invested in and after almost 40 hours of driving around Liverpool whilst he was on his phone and other distracting things I stopped and restarted when I was 20. I started with Leanne and after one lesson she gave me her estimated number of lessons I would require in order to pass to which i was shocked as it was so low!!! Even though I had a few bad habits from the instructor before. I absolutely loved my driving lessons and am writing this review 4 hours after passing 1st time in the time frame which Leanne had said it would be. She is an amazing instructor who I beyond trust and will be recommending to any friends or family who tell me they are thinking of learning to drive. I had an absolute ball on my lessons and am now considering to do my pass plus in order to do more lessons with her as i enjoyed them so much!! Many Thanks Leanne!! Don't think I could have done it without you!!
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2014-10-25T18:59:23+0000
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2014-08-14T10:46:47+0000
Just passed my driving test with Barbra porter! Couldn't of asked for a better instructor.. So happy! From Abbie :) x
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