Rob P wrote:The French are so much better at lane discipline (astonishingly) than drivers on UK motorways, but so much worse at tailgating, sitting centimetres off your rear bumper with the left indicator permanently on as they wait for you to complete your overtake of slower traffic.
Yep, I had exactly that in Normandy a couple of years ago. We were on a dual carriageway (110kph limit) with a lane closed off for roadworks. Nobody about of course, must have been lunchtime
Anyhoo, we're sticking to 110 just in case of Gendarmes, when behind us appears a small white van. Closer and closer he gets to the back of the car until it was impossible to tell whether it was a Citroën Berlingo or Peugeot Partner (both the same shape, but the grille was now below our rear window). I stuck to the 110kph, and he got closer. Finally, the roadworks ended and I moved over, to a long blast of the horn from the Frenchman, and an evil glare through the van side window.
Off he went, and I thought "well, that's the end of it". Not so. Further up the road, he passed a truck, and when I went to do the same, the van driver slowed down to the truck's speed until we caught up, blocking the outside lane. I held back, and eventually the turn off to our destination appeared. We left the main road into the village. Again, I thought we wouldn't see him anymore. However, he had seen us turn off, for as we parked the car in the square, there he was again. He'd doubled back and followed us - fortunately the cops were about for some unrelated reason, and he didn't stop.
I can only assume that he was peeved with me for not breaking the speed limit, but I wasn't about to, and although I've been monstered by white van man a few times before and I really don't give a flying one normally, this was a different level of nasty.