Yesterday when I was traveling to work I noticed a man driving quite aggressive behind me. At this point I am going 40 in a 25 with a hard 300 degree angle coming up in the road (I seriously want to meet the guy who designed it like that). He starts riding my rear pretty hard giving me maybe two feet. Since I did not feel like getting into a car accident, I tapped my brakes hard enough to send a message but to get no contact. I do this occasionally as it is one of the cores of the CEVO program I took and it normally works.
This time however; that maneuver backfired on me. I check my rear during this hard turn and see the guys body language go wild as he slows down, still keeping 2 feet from my bumper. At this point I realized I poked a bear with a taser and realize how limited by evasive driving skills are. I continue my way to work hoping he will just get bored and go his own way. He doesn't. I keep checking the rear-view to see if there is anything basic description I can get to relay to law enforcement. Guy had no tags in the front (illegal in NJ, I could only tell it was NJ based on the inspection sticker) in his gold late 90s early 2000s Toyota Camery.
He follows behind me for about 4 mile, putting on his turn signal whenever I put on mine, until I decide to just do my best to lose him. I put my right hand signal on and he does the same. I check the oncoming traffic and note there is none so I make my move. I made a hard left onto the street which he defiantly was not expecting. By the time he can even process this, I already am speeding down the road just .5 miles from work.
My question for you today is, what would you do in this situation? Did I react appropriately? If this had escalated further to confrontation, what would you have done?