This is perhaps kind of backwards in logic, but bear with me...
First, I maintain a 4-second spacing behind the vehicle in front of me. I've noticed that bikers who tailgate like they do when driving a car, are also tailgated. But when I back off from the vehicle in front of me, it is like I get the same respect.
Also, because I'm back and don't have to hit my brakes to slow all the time, I am not activating the brake lights. (This is the part with the backwards logic...)
What seems to happen is the car behind me has a couple moments of realizing that I'm slowing down, but not warning him with brake lights — and backs off so they can relax a little. So they back off and give me about a 4-second spacing.
This has worked very well on Seattle's rush hour traffic in the HOV lane.
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