Tailgaters suck almost as much as people who drive too slowly in the fast lane. In this video, there are no heroes. Only a tailgating driver who should've known better, and another driver eager to dish out some karma who probably could've been a little more levelheaded. Everyone's in the wrong, and the result is a pretty nasty crash.
For a little bit of backstory, the incident went down on Highway 41 near Little Chute, Wisconsin back in 2016. The dashcam video, which was provided by a semi truck driver, shows an impatient SUV driver tailgating another car way too closely. The driver in front presses on the brakes, causing the SUV driver to lose control, and after swerving from side to side and veering off the highway, she ends up ramming right into the grassy median.
No one was hurt in the wreck, but the SUV driver -- a 42-year-old woman -- ended up getting hit with a citation. So, no injury, but plenty of insult.
Even if you found yourself enjoying the fact that the tailgater got served up some serious karma, remember the dozens of innocent drivers behind her whose lives are at risk because the brake checker felt like dishing out some harsh road rules. No one likes a driver who rides their ass, but sometimes it's better to just grin and bear it than it is to take matters into your own hands. Yelling out expletives to yourself still gets that frustration out, and no one has to crash as a result.
The above video is an important reminder to stay safe on the road, respect other drivers, and, when in doubt, just move over.
This post was originally published on April 10, 2019.