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Old 12-07-2015, 10:00 AM   #1
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For some reason my wife has been on the receiving end of a lot of road rage recently. She drives the speed limit or with traffic, whichever is slower, and is not a left lane hog. Most of the incidents she tells me about are when she is boxed in by traffic and can't get out of said psychopath's way. It's mostly distracted or aggressive drivers tailgating and cutting her off, and in some cases she has been forced into the breakdown lane to avoid a collision. I guess they see a woman in a compact car and think they can bully her out of the way. She got double rear-ended by someone last summer and her old car was totaled, so she's already been victimized and is really on edge and hyper-sensitive to this stuff now. She feels like a target and a helpless victim, and I hate that I can't be there to protect her. Any ideas on how to reduce this? Here are a few of my own:

1. tinted windows, probably the most realistic option. At least this way they won't see a woman right away and the mystery might cause them to direct their aggression at a more obvious target.

2. Get a gun, which I suggested in jest and she agreed to in jest, I think. But really, no one is getting a gun.

3. CCDL sticker (CT Citizens Defense League, a local gun advocacy group; keep in mind neither of us own a gun or have permits, but if they think she might be packing maybe they'll back off?

4. Some sort of veterans' or law enforcement support sticker or something. Her Dad is a vet so this might be appropriate, but I'm not sure how effective it would be.

5. Get an old police interceptor at auction. This might be the most effective option, but we don't need a third car (let alone an abused Interceptor) and it might attract unwanted attention in other ways.

Any other ideas? Please help us hate people a little bit less
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:03 AM   #2
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"whichever is slower..." yeah stop that
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:05 AM   #3
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How about signing her up for some driving lessons?
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #4
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:06 AM   #5
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Move to Saudi Arabia. Problem solved itself.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:08 AM   #6
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"whichever is slower..." yeah stop that
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How about signing her up for some driving lessons?
...and there it is, folks.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:08 AM   #7
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I've yet to find anything within reason to stop road ragers from having a conniption.
Maybe get one of those car LED displays, a rear mounted light bar, or rear mounted Hellas. Someone starts raging, send them a message or just leave the lights/horn on blast. Not safe or legal but the message gets sent.
Really though. Maybe find a nice bumper sticker or tag relating to PTSD. Might get some folks to lay off and it's not inaccurate due to past victimization. Military tags might also work, but putting those up walks a fine line...
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:11 AM   #8
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If you were in AZ I'd suggest never going less than 5mph over, and never being in the left lane.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:11 AM   #9
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Situational awareness. I bet she's the kind of driver that will keep pace with cars next to her, blocking everyone else, regardless of what lane she's in. Don't be that person.

Also, if she ever, EVER pulls out from behind another car to take the first spot at a multi-lane traffic light, and then doesn't go faster than the car she was originally behind, she deserves all the road rage she gets.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:11 AM   #10
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Some people just can't drive, maybe ?
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:13 AM   #11
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"whichever is slower..." yeah stop that
You're one of them!
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:14 AM   #12
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Also, if she ever, EVER pulls out from behind another car to take the first spot at a multi-lane traffic light, and then doesn't go faster than the car she was originally behind, she deserves all the road rage she gets.
I just had an aneurysm because this happens to me at a particular spot of my commute on almost a daily basis.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:14 AM   #13
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If these incidents are always somehow finding her, then either she's paranoid and hypersensitive, or she's the cause. Easy.

Stickers.

Other drivers would only notice if you're driving a Crown Vic or not. No one's looking at what stickers you have on your car.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:15 AM   #14
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+1.

I think you should spend some time with her in the right seat and see what's going on. Pretty ridiculous to think this is some kind of repeated targeting of her on the road by a bunch of random people vs. her own behavior that's drawing the attention.

She's the common denominator.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:16 AM   #15
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For her own safety, I suggest she ignore the reaction she's getting from other drivers. Flashing lights or witty LED signs is a great way to get followed home by a crazy person.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:16 AM   #16
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I, too, enjoy random lanes changes without signalling three miles before any need to exit. I blame GPS navigation....
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Does she also see hundreds of people driving in the wrong direction when she's on the highway?
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:17 AM   #18
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A woman in a car is just as dangerous as a man in a car. I don't get what that has to do with anything, the car is the same damn size and weight regardless of gender.

Maybe she should get out of the way? That would seem to mitigate the entire problem.
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Also, if she ever, EVER pulls out from behind another car to take the first spot at a multi-lane traffic light, and then doesn't go faster than the car she was originally behind, she deserves all the road rage she gets.
I could do a murder over this.

WTF is wrong with people? Happens every damn day.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:17 AM   #20
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You're wife is a ****ty driver. Problem found.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:17 AM   #21
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Get a 'realistic' looking BB gun and swing it around wildly when something happens. The more she can do to look like a raving lunatic (screaming, red face, etc) the better.

Video tape results

(I say BB gun because it won't be considered 'brandishing' and she won't get shot by cops. They can tell the difference)

Unrelated: be sure her life insurance policy is up to date
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:21 AM   #22
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Dashcam.

We need to know how bad your wife's driving really is. And if people really are ****ing with her, then a dashcam will exonerate her.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:23 AM   #23
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is really on edge and hyper-sensitive to this stuff now. She feels like a target and a helpless victim
^^ Fix this, and most of the problem disappears.

Also - if she's driving slower than traffic - regardless of the speed limit - she's going to get messed with. She needs to find a truck or van to tuck in behind, and at the very least, keep pace.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:24 AM   #24
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She needs to learn to deal with it. And drive with traffic regardless - it's called "impeding traffic" and you can theoretically get a ticket even if you are going the limit. Get a dashcam in case there is an actual accident, of maybe would make feel better making a youtube channel. Get a bumper sticker promoting tit and make some $.
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Old 12-07-2015, 10:25 AM   #25
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Maybe get one of those car LED displays, a rear mounted light bar, or rear mounted Hellas. Someone starts raging, send them a message
That sounds like a perfect idea that won't get her run off the road and punched in the face... LOL.

If some jerkoff sent me a cute little LED message while driving, i'd consider putting them into a barrier... and i'm not even a habitual road rager.
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