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Whether you are learner driver or an experienced motorist, you can email any driving-related question to info@wycombedrivingschool.co.uk and you will receive a personal response from Wycombe Driving School boss Audrey Wixon, pictured. The best questions and answers will be published on this website anonymously.

Audrey is a DSA ADI; DIAmond, IAM and RoSPA Gold Advanced Driver; Fleet Trainer; Observer for Institute of Advanced Motorists; & National Standard cycling instructor

Audrey Wixon - manager of Wycombe Driving School
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How should you deal with a tailgaiter?

Q:Since I got caught speeding I have been very careful to keep to the speed limit but I now seem to be constantly followed by tailgaters. What is the best way to deal with them? Should I pull over and let them pass me or ignore them and continue at my own pace?
tailgaiting driver A: If the tailgater is harassing you aggressively and you feel the safest thing to do is pull over, then do so. However, in a busy town centre, you may find that if you pull over for one tailgater, another will quickly replace them. So generally it is best to continue at a safe speed within the limit but make sure you don’t do any heavy braking.

If there is a vehicle ahead of you, increase your distance from it so you have plenty of room to brake gently should you need to slow down or stop. If you intend to change direction then signal early so the following driver is not caught by surprise.

Some drivers attempt to scare tailgaiters into backing off by tapping their brake pedal lightly so their brake lights show. Don't ever do this because it is dangerous. The tailgaiter might react with sudden heavy braking and this could cause them to be rear-ended by the driver following them. At the very least it will aggravate the tailgaiter and it's never a good thing to have an angry driver behind you.
Audrey Wixon
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