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To think that if you drive a small car, you are fair game for intimidation!

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SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 12-Jun-13 22:33:55

DM is away this week, and has lent me her car. It is a Nissan Micra. EVERY time I have been out in it, I have been tailgated by a van/taxi/4x4. I don't get this in my large Citroen. I have driven the Micra in exactly the same way! If it was my own car, Id be tempted to apply the brakes! angry

LunaticFringe Wed 12-Jun-13 22:37:53

Message withdrawn at poster's request.

VitoCorleone Wed 12-Jun-13 22:38:12

I drive a little Peugeot 206 and people intimidate me, drive right up my arse and ALWAYS overtake.

I dont have this problem when i drive DPs Vectra

One day im going to have a big arsed BMW and get my own back.

WafflyVersatile Wed 12-Jun-13 22:41:34

[not a driver] I thought the trick was to flick your fog lights on a for a second and that would look like you were putting the brakes on...

McNewPants2013 Wed 12-Jun-13 22:41:58

The lowest engine size I have own is a 1.8 and I have never had problem, the car the insurance sent was a 1.3 and my god the arsehole drivers came out of the woodwork.

ivykaty44 Wed 12-Jun-13 22:44:29

YABU the size of your car is not an excuse for other people to bully you on the road and is dangerous, when will people wake up to the fact that a car driven badly can kill and make the person driving a killer angry

70isaLimitNotaTarget Wed 12-Jun-13 22:45:35

I used to drive a 1.2l Suzuki (Meat) Wagon R+ . One of the ugliest and least aerodynamic cars known to man.

Yes it brought the arseholes out of the woodwork.
And it slipped on its' Invisibilty Cloak on roundabouts because every bastard cut me up.
Lorry drivers just stared right into my shock face as they cut me up.

Wolfiefan Wed 12-Jun-13 22:46:02

I do tap the brakes! It scares the fuck out of the tossers!

Mia4 Wed 12-Jun-13 22:48:58

Fair game- fuck no. More likely to get it, hell yes.

Although the last few times it happened to me I actually stopped the car, got out and looked at them with a glare and then drove off. Not one followed me right behind then all back right off. Seems most of these people are like regular bullies -scared when someone stands up to them.

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 12-Jun-13 22:49:14

Ivy I didn't say I think small cars should be fair game!
Its bloody irritating, rude and dangerous! I was shocked by the difference between how people treat my car and DMs!

Permanentlyexhausted Wed 12-Jun-13 22:50:58

Doesn't surprise me. A medium sized car with a roof box seems to attract the same sort of attention.

Ilovemyself Wed 12-Jun-13 22:56:09

Why not just stick to your Citroen. You don't have to drive her car lol

pigsDOfly Wed 12-Jun-13 23:00:11

Oh yes absolutely. I also borrowed a relations Nissan Micra some years ago, at the time I had a Peugeot 505 (8 seater estate) and the different in the attitude of other drivers was amazing.

I thought I was imagining it tbh because I couldn't really believe that a small car would make other driver behave so badly towards me. Clearly I wasn't

SaggyOldClothCatPuss Wed 12-Jun-13 23:01:52

Ilove Im just borrowing it, not driving the car wont change peoples attitudes though, will it?

COCKadoodledooo Wed 12-Jun-13 23:08:37

I drive a 40+ year old Morris. The twats that pull out on me are unbelievable.
My little pleasure though is seeing their faces when I hoon it away from the lights because under her innocent looking exterior is a tuned Marina engine grin

fortyplus Wed 12-Jun-13 23:11:14

I have a Honda Jazz but for some reason when I put a 16 foot canoe on the roof everyone gets out of mt way - work that one out! grin

Ilovemyself Wed 12-Jun-13 23:25:03

Saggy. No it won't. Was only joking. BTW.

Shouldn't matter what you are in. Lets just hope the promise to prosecute tailgaters will come through.

MorganMummy Wed 12-Jun-13 23:27:44

I've had two Micras. I used to enjoy annoying the tailgaters with exaggerated old-lady-style driving, but now I have DS I feel very vulnerable (and obviously don't try to antagonise other driver) in my reliable, economical and planet-friendly car.

I will always remember when DM was teaching me motorway driving, and her shock and surprise that no-one was letting usin off the slip road. 'This never happens to me normally?!. (DM drives a massive VW camper)

frogspoon Wed 12-Jun-13 23:41:03

Oh dear, have just this week bought a Toyota AYGO 1.0l

Ilovemyself Wed 12-Jun-13 23:47:02

Sorry soggy. Spell checker changed the name.

TigerseyeMum Wed 12-Jun-13 23:50:02

Yep, I had a Ka a while back. I was tailgates, cut up, bullied, ignored and had the cloak of invisibility even to pedestrians.

Went back to my big ass estate.

aldiwhore Wed 12-Jun-13 23:51:29

I have a Nissan Micra, it's got a few scratches and a pirate flag, seems to keep wankers away. Although I do think that even if you're doing 60, some twat will think they HAVE to overtake you, just to be in front of a micra.

I am not intimidated though. I'm happy to pootle at my own pace. If someone's up my arse, I go VERY SLOWLY.

No point getting angry, just slow up, pull slightly over and let them think they've won.

The pay offs happen rarely, but when it was snowing heavily and I was going slow (I COULD have gone faster, but I would have been stupid to) some dick overtook me at speed... I passed him a few minutes later, looking distraught, his audi in a ditch. I offered him help of course, because I'm a nice smug bitch like that, and was glad he wasn't hurt (and hadn't hurt anyone else) but I did have a chuckle as I crept back home carefully.

I love my Micra. If I win the lotto, I will keep my Micra (though I may pimp it somehow).

MrsTerryPratchett Wed 12-Jun-13 23:52:25

Yes, you are not U. I borrowed my friend's SUV and had a whale of a time. People give you room, don't cut you up and leave a shock stopping distance. Wankers.

aldiwhore Wed 12-Jun-13 23:52:31

Have to say, applying the brakes is silly, you put yourself at risk too. Simply tap the brake, so as not to engage it, your brake lights will come on and the other person still shits themself. All is well.

KhaosandKalamity Thu 13-Jun-13 05:37:40

There are some horrors on the road, I live by the if it is bigger than you show some respect, but only because the larger the vehicle the larger the blind spots and bigger the damage. I would hate to think that just for driving a smaller vehicle you are bullied on the roads. Not that I was complaining when a small car actually pulled over and let me past while I was driving our large Rodeo ute, but while I got ahead pulling over then pulling out again on a busy road would have put them at higher risk than being followed by a vehicle whose bonnet was higher than their roof.

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