Family's 'horrific' road rage ordeal
A SUNSHINE Coast woman says her family was scared off the region's roads after a "horrific" run-in with an impatient driver at the weekend.
Kelly Gerard was driving with her 27-year-old daughter and three-year-old grandson on Blaxland St, Golden Beach when she says a female driver in a 2013 black Toyota Rav 4 model drove up behind them.
"We turned from North St onto Blaxland St and there was only one car behind me - a brown one - after we turned," Ms Gerard said.
"Within a few seconds a woman came flying up behind me, it was a 60km zone and I was doing the speed limit.
"I maintained my speed and she drove right up to my rear and was millimetres from hitting us.
"I turned to my daughter and told her to look and she backed off a bit."
But Ms Gerard said the woman sped up behind them to her car's rear three more times.
"The second time she did I started to feel nervous, I put my hand out the window and gestured as if to say, 'what are you doing' and we saw her laughing," Ms Gerard said.
"My daughter saw her through the rear mirror throwing her hands in the air and slumping on to the wheel.
"She came so close to us my daughter screamed at her that we had a child in the car."
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Ms Gerard said she indicated and pulled over, allowing the woman to go first.
"When we pulled over, because she was so close she had to brake and swerve," she said.
"We waited until she turned left at the roundabout and pulled back onto the road.
"As we drove through we looked left and saw her car ... then she did a U-turn."
Ms Gerard said they thought the woman was going to follow them, so she pulled over and called 000.
"And she did, she did that U-turn and came through the roundabout.
"We were pulled over on the side of the road and my daughter was standing out of the car, she saw that I was on the phone."
Ms Gerard said the woman was laughing as she drove by.
"I don't know whether she was in a rush or late, but there was no need for it, it was horrific, we were scared."
The 49-year-old has been driving for 25 years and even after living in Melbourne said drivers on the Coast were the worst for tailgating.
"There's all these developments going on and no road infrastructure to support it," she said.
"There's so many motorists and not enough room for everyone.
"Especially on the Coast with so many roadworks everywhere, everyone is so impatient.
"There's so many people out there that will speed through a 40km zone because they just think the rules don't apply to them ... and when you follow the rules you're the bad driver.
"God help you if you don't drive the way other motorists want you to drive here."
Kawana Waters Police Senior Sergeant Mark Cordwell said they were investigating the matter.