When I first moved to Southern California I didn’t have too much of a problem with tailgating. No, not the fun BBQ & drinks tailgating, I’m talking about the “I’m riding up your a** in morning traffic” tailgating.
Maybe it was the New Jersey plates that made people back off, or maybe before I simply didn’t care to notice, but this is ridiculous.
I moved to California a little over 8 years ago and for the first year or so I still had New Jersey license plates on my car. I have driven all over the NY/NJ Tri-State area and when I first moved to Cali, despite how insane it is to navigate the complicated streets of NYC, I immediately understood why certain parts of SoCal become traffic nightmares.
Now don’t get me wrong, I’m not one of those types that gets impatient or has road rage whenever there is traffic. I have a strong understanding that traffic is an uncontrollable force. But what I don’t like is when people tailgate me, especially when there is absolutely no need! At this point, I was convinced that people in CA don’t know how to drive. But I started to notice it even more once I retired my NJ plates and became a “full-time” Californian.
I don’t know why people think its cool to tailgate, especially when there is no traffic.
Despite not having NJ plates anymore, I am still a Jerseyite at heart and where I’m from the tailgating game is just downright blasphemous! That type of driving will get you a roadside beat-down.
Not from me though. Not that I don’t think about it, but I do know that’s a one-way ticket for a ride in the paddy wagon. Nowadays, I have too much patience to deal with that kind of nonsense. But I’ve seen it and heard many stories. Trust me, it happens. Plus, I’ve always been an offensive & defensive driver. But it can get ridiculous at times.
I constantly think to myself, one slam on the brakes and its fender bender city buddy…
For some reason, people out here think that if they tailgate you long enough (and I’m not even talking about the highways, I’m talking about city streets) that you’ll move out of the way. Me, I don’t play that game nor am I intimidated by such reckless driving. If anything, tailgating me just makes me want to go even slower. Especially when I’m already in the far right lane.
It’s times like these where I wish I still had my Jersey plates so people automatically knew to back the “F” up!