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I follow the 3 second rule and drive the speed limit. I make way for people who want to pass, but it is not always easy. I may be leaving space for traffic to merge into the right lane from the on ramp. This is even more necessary when they are following each other too closely! If you want to pass how about flashing your brights a couple of times? When you do pass why not leave a larger margin of safety when it is available? Bottom line, in traffic I increase the 3 second rule to 4 seconds when tailgated as per the CA Driver Handbook.

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