Carry.....my wife and I do but in this day and age the criminal is the victim and the victim is the criminal.You did alright. Carry, stay calm, and go to a public area. It happened to me weekly in my Huracan and I found if you make eye contact and wave, they back off.
You are absolutely correct! If you try to ignore them they assume you are rich SOB who thinks they are not worth acknowledging. I go the extra distance to be friendly and let them know I am just a regular guy who just happens to be fortunate enough to own the car of his dreams.It happened to me a few times. I usually just slow down, roll my window down and give them the thumbs up. Almost everyone at that point just say something like nice car or do you wanna race and I just smile and tell them no ( I am good man ) and move on. Most people calm down from that little interaction. I think it gets worse if you try to avoid them. People see a cool car and they just want to associate with you for few secs. If you do not answer and ignore them then they get all butt hurt and crazy in my opinion.
Wish I'd thought of that while I was driving, I was freaking out a bit and not thinking straight. Solid plan for freeway nuts.This has happened to me a few times. Drivers were just as nutty as yours. It's nerve racking and requires some strategic maneuvering. If I'm on the freeway, the key is to get them jammed in the left lane while you're in the right ready for quick exit bank off:
So If they are following me while I'm in the right, then I'll increase speed till I get close to the next car up in the right lane and trail it till the next exit. Once I see the exit coming up, I'll drop a gear and do a quick pass of the car ahead. (dropping the gear with the exhaust in corsa always gets these nuckleheads testerone stirred up), and they will floor the car to catch up. Once you pass the car ahead, get back in the right lane right in front of the car you passed and slow up to close the gap between you. As your follower is speeding in the left to catch up, you break off in the exit that was coming up right at the last point of no return. He can not break off with you because he passed the exit while trying to pass the car you just passed. Or he did the pass the car but stayed beside you in the left to gloat that he caught you so quick. Regardless, you got him in the left and banked out before he could adapt. And no he can't slow up and exit because you didn't give him any wiggle room to do that. This has worked for me EVERY time.
Now there are different ways to accomplish this but the general task is the same....get him in the left lane and off your rear tail.
These cars bring out the best and the worst in people. I think just trying to be thoughtful and friendly is the best defense.This is all great advice, thanks everyone. I will try the window down, thumbs up and wave. I've just never encountered someone who would put everyone in significant danger just for a cell phone video, but I guess I need to get used to it.
Over the years, I've learned to use this last (but I believe this to be an area related adaptation). See in my area, if I let the window down to do thumbs up, the other car's passenger/driver will request that I pull over for them to look and even sit in the car. It backfired on me several times putting me in a position where "no" was not an option.These cars bring out the best and the worst in people. I think just trying to be thoughtful and friendly is the best defense.
People here are not that aggressive with a very few exceptions. I think the Locals are all pretty friendly as long as you are respectful. Respect is huge with the local population as it should be. I do agree, you need to always expect the unexpected and be ready to adapt.Over the years, I've learned to use this last (but I believe this to be an area related adaptation). See in my area, if I let the window down to do thumbs up, the other car's passenger/driver will request that I pull over for them to look and even sit in the car. It backfired on me several times putting me in a position where "no" was not an option.
But like I said, this could be area related as I live in Mississippi. Where you guys live, the thumbs up method is probably best as first option.