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Old 07-16-2018, 11:22 PM
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Ever since I have gotten my new 2018 Vette, I've had this problem with people getting within feet (or inches) when I'm driving or at stop lights. Sometimes, it's clearly within a foot or two.

Tonight, I had someone, while I was driving 3-5 miles over the speed limit, who was tailing me on a busy city street, attempt to swipe me within inches as I moved into another lane on a multi-lane road to let him by. After three Vettes, I've never had this form of recurring aggression in prior years. Anyone had this problem recently?

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Old 07-16-2018, 11:26 PM
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??? I've never experienced it with any of my vehicles and some have been and are more unusual than my Vettes.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:30 PM
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It's bizarre. I noticed it a few months ago...and after only 1200 miles on the odometer in six months, it's been like a crazy-person magnet, considering that I drive my old beater car most of the time.
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Originally Posted by Guitarking1 View Post
Ever since I have gotten my new 2018 Vette, I've had this problem with people getting within feet (or inches) when I'm driving or at stop lights. Sometimes, it's clearly within a foot or two.

Tonight, I had someone, while I was driving 3-5 miles over the speed limit, who was tailing me on a busy city street, attempt to swipe me within inches as I moved into another lane on a multi-lane road to let him by. After three Vettes, I've never had this form of recurring aggression in prior years. Anyone had this problem recently?
Almost every time when I am at a stop light the driver behind me has to come within inches of my back. Can't understand why. So dam close. jerks.
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Old 07-16-2018, 11:56 PM
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Originally Posted by Guitarking1 View Post
Ever since I have gotten my new 2018 Vette, I've had this problem with people getting within feet (or inches) when I'm driving or at stop lights. Sometimes, it's clearly within a foot or two.

Tonight, I had someone, while I was driving 3-5 miles over the speed limit, who was tailing me on a busy city street, attempt to swipe me within inches as I moved into another lane on a multi-lane road to let him by. After three Vettes, I've never had this form of recurring aggression in prior years. Anyone had this problem recently?
Actually yes. Iíve even talked to my wife about it. Iím in a manual so Iím even more sensitive to stop light tailgaters. Somethings in the water because itís been bad recently.
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:27 AM
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It's definitely a noticeable occurrence, granted the drivers in AZ are awful to begin with lol. It's as if people are trying to **** you off because they're "haters". It's always entertaining when you downshift, and the person tailing you gets a rude awakening. Do they not realize how much it's going to cost when they rear end you?
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:50 AM
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I suspect that they look close because there isn't much distance between where we sit and the back of the car. Most cars have much more room behind the driver. That's my theory, anyway....
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Old 07-17-2018, 12:51 AM
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And everyone wants to race you or catch up to you. I flash my led brake lights several times when someone is on my tail.

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Originally Posted by Guitarking1 View Post
Ever since I have gotten my new 2018 Vette, I've had this problem with people getting within feet (or inches) when I'm driving or at stop lights. Sometimes, it's clearly within a foot or two.

Tonight, I had someone, while I was driving 3-5 miles over the speed limit, who was tailing me on a busy city street, attempt to swipe me within inches as I moved into another lane on a multi-lane road to let him by. After three Vettes, I've never had this form of recurring aggression in prior years. Anyone had this problem recently?
Texas...what can you do?
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Old 07-17-2018, 02:06 AM
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OP, yup I notice this too.
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Old 07-17-2018, 09:48 AM
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I suspect that they look close because there isn't much distance between where we sit and the back of the car. Most cars have much more room behind the driver. That's my theory, anyway....
^^This. I always thought others were on my ***, but not really. Still another 24"-36" away. Unfortunately, I have to support fugly1's theory.
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And everyone wants to race you or catch up to you. I flash my led brake lights several times when someone is on my tail.
I agree. Mostly SUVs. Not sure what's up with them (besides everyone has one), but it never fails. Sitting at a stoplight. SUV pulls up. Light turns green and they launch! It's a funny launch, but launch they do. I calmly put into 2nd and move on.
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Everyone thinks their state has the worst drivers...its bad all over - I moved to GA from NY/CT/NJ - all four suck.....basically there is :far more aggression, far less driver training before getting licensed, far more distractions, far less ownership and downside of personal actions...its what we've become.
I learned to use flashers when I commuted on the Merritt Parkway and 684...I still use them in the vette even though its a reach. It gives me some comfort that perhaps the driver behind me will notice.

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Heh, I thought it was just me, lol. In most cases, I think it's people just being dickish. I just reassure myself in the fact that my GS tires will spray the front of their car with rocks when I start moving again.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:10 AM
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texas...what can you do?
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I suspect that they look close because there isn't much distance between where we sit and the back of the car. Most cars have much more room behind the driver. That's my theory, anyway....
I agree with this. Often it feels like the vehicle behind me is an inch off my rear but when I pull up the rear camera they're not.

That being said, I've never had a car incite so much aggressive driving around me. No matter what speed I drive, slow or fast, or how aggressively I pull away I have cars pacing right next to me, flooring it off stop lights etc. I've owned other Corvette's and have never experienced this phenomenon. It doesn't happen on my motorcycles either.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:26 AM
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Originally Posted by Guitarking1 View Post
Ever since I have gotten my new 2018 Vette, I've had this problem with people getting within feet (or inches) when I'm driving or at stop lights. Sometimes, it's clearly within a foot or two.

Tonight, I had someone, while I was driving 3-5 miles over the speed limit, who was tailing me on a busy city street, attempt to swipe me within inches as I moved into another lane on a multi-lane road to let him by. After three Vettes, I've never had this form of recurring aggression in prior years. Anyone had this problem recently?
You can expect that if you routinely drive in the left lanes. I always stay right unless I'm passing.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:31 AM
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Originally Posted by mtaxman View Post
Everyone thinks their state has the worst drivers...its bad all over - I moved to GA from NY/CT/NJ - all four suck.....basically there is :far more aggression, far less driver training before getting licensed, far more distractions, far less ownership and downside of personal actions...its what we've become.
I learned to use flashers when I commuted on the Merritt Parkway and 684...I still use them in the vette even though its a reach. It gives me some comfort that perhaps the driver behind me will notice.
In Florida, we get them all (as every local idiosyncratic driving habit from the other states arrives here in the winter). I's like "bumper cars" with accidents and the associated "gaper's block", each time we go out. Then factor in the resident "magoo's" we have living here, from October until May, it's a real "road show".

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You can expect that if you routinely drive in the left lanes. I always stay right unless I'm passing.
Thank you for that, lol.

Nothing enrages me more than when someone creates a car wall by pacing the other car in the right lane while driving in the left (PASSING) lane. It's even called the PASSING LANE, it's for PASSING.... aaarrrggghh (sorry)
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Because I know Corvettes are cop magnets, on interstates I tend to stay in the right lane and maybe do a couple MPH over or under depending on traffic flow. It never fails that someone will zoom up behind me and then just sit on my bumper for several miles before passing. I've also had the folks that come cruising by in the passing lane and then they slow down to match your speed while sitting in your blind spot for a mile or two before they move along again, usually after a frustrated driver behind them flashes them. I believe in Florida most drivers get their licenses at WalMart where the driver test consists of pushing a shopping cart down an aisle and seeing how close you can come to the shopping cart ahead of you without hitting it, while texting on your phone and not looking where you are. Extra credit if you knock a few items off an end display while rounding the corner to go into the next aisle and cutting off the person in front of you. Triple word score if you get into the oncoming lane and force someone into the shelves.
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Old 07-17-2018, 10:59 AM
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Originally Posted by 1SG_Ret View Post
You can expect that if you routinely drive in the left lanes. I always stay right unless I'm passing.
THIS👍🏻 I do notice people driving fast around me. I think they just want a closer look. Can't believe how many I see taking pics of the car. I just think it's flattering 😄
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