Two instances in the last two years while driving and being tailgated by tractor trailer rigs have been frustrating experiences. They were definitely “Duel” experiences.
There is a 55 mph ten mile two lane open access road we frequently drive that has it’s share of idiots. I was being tailgated by tractor trailer rigs each time at 60 to 65 mph ( yes, I was driving as much as 10 mph faster ). The first opportunity to pull over was on a hill passing lane. I slowed down to 45 but in each case, the trucks coundn’t pass going up hill. There was no break down lane. After we crested, it started all over again. We went miles with my co pilot screaming " we are all going to die" in one ear and a tractor trailer rig less then ten feet away at 65 mph. In each case, I eventually manage to find a breakdown lane safe enough to slow down and wave the idiot by. The idiot still can’t pass anyone else. It’s not easy as the road has open access and just dodging into a break down lane willy nilly can easily get you into a situation with drivers pulling out from drive ways and side streets where at 60 mph, and a semi on your tail can easily end your day.
My usual techniques with cars are to slow down and pull over when possible, or if I can’t, either put my flashers on while slowing way down ( a legal, safe and practical use for them IMO) or as a last resort, turn on my right blinker. The right blinker ( the illegal method) has worked well as they either think you will turn or eventually are some old codger they should avoid. But, I can only do this when driving alone. And, cars are much easier to deal with then trucks doing this.
Funny, the larger the vehicle I drive ( dump trucks especially) the less I am bother by them. One time, I slowed down at a stop light and started to raise the bed…it was empty (though he couldn’t see) but the tail gater go the idea. Btw, it doesn’t matter the gender. Both seem to be aptly represented.
I would love to be able to install flashing blue lights in the rear window and have them pee their pants when you turn them on.