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Tailgater

Here is a situation that happens to me weekly. I’m driving on a two-lane road and going about five over the 30 miles-per-hour speed limit. A car comes zooming up behind me and appears to attach itself to my rear bumper.

He can’t pass me. There are hills and curves ahead. I look in my rearview mirror and inspect my intruder. I’m guessing he’s in his fifties. He’s wearing a black baseball cap and a frustrated frown.

What do I do? My first thought is to reduce my speed to five miles per hour under the limit and wave a friendly hand to him through my window.

This will show him he’s not as important as he may think – and increase his anger and anxiety. That’s what this black-capped, dangerous driver deserves. It may even let me feel a small sense of justice and power.

That’s not what I do. I put on my blinker and pull off to an open area on the side of the road. He shoots by me.

I needed to reach the age of 70 before I chose to take this approach. You may call me a coward. I prefer to think of myself as smart and self-reliant.

Author: Don Kuhl

Don Kuhl is founder of The Change Companies® and Train for Change Inc.® He has authored hundreds of Journals that have assisted over 10 million people in making positive life changes. While Don was aging (think of a side of beef at a fine restaurant), he managed motel properties, started several sports publications, worked in college and health care administrations and started about a dozen corporations. Some of them failed miserably, a few flourished.