She's happy to
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Join Date: Jan 2001
Location: United Kingdom
Re: I got a round of applause!
In the Clio, I used to get this a lot. I could overtake in absolute safety, giving a wide berth, not cutting in, doing nothing to offend the other car bar the fact I was passing it (not even at a huge speed increase; my 45 to their 35). And I got flashing lights, hands waving etc.
So I would then assess the situation from an outsider perspective; what has just happend to annoy that driver? One car has safely passed another at no risk and not a great speed and with absolute safety. Why is the other driver annoyed? Look, I'm a nice bloke, and I don't like hostility, which is why I asked the question; how has what I have just done, offended them?
The only conclusion I could come to (in the C172), was that as you passed cars on acceleration, the Clio's exhaust was fruity '****** you, slow coach!" loud. For many, it is an affront to be overtaken (no matter how innocuously); but to be blared at by an exhaust that amplifies the act of overtaking, is for some a step too far. Hence the gestures, I guess.
I cannot think of any other reason why overtaking would be an affront to those people.
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