This a great time to point out - anger while driving/riding does you zero favors.
You get pissed off, you get more aggressive. Your reactions get rougher. You get a sort of tunnel vision. You make an ass of yourself, and you're a LOT more likely to make (and defend) stupid mistakes.
I learned to drive on the psychotic freeways of Los Angeles. First rule of survival there is even more important on a bike:
If you start to get angry on the road, back off and relax. No matter who did what, it's time to take a break.
Apparently somebody never watched mad max. Geez. Kidding very good point there.
Coming back from about a 2 hour ride this morning. I take the highway back to my town. Going with the flow of traffic I signal and go into the far right lane because my exit is coming up. Some lady in the lane to the left decides she needs to get in my lane right away with no signal. Now, I always stay out of blind spots and try not to cruise next to other cars which saved me from an accident but still, it was too close for comfort. So i give her a "friendly" beep and took my exit.
Im about 1/4 mile from my house now. Im on a straight road with multiple side roads in a grid format. I was doing about 35-40mph which is normal for that road. A red toyota pickup is sitting about 200 yards on one of the side roads with his left turn signal on. He continues to sit there as I get closer so (heres my big mistake) I assume he sees me. Well im about 20ft to the street and he decides to pull out after making eye contact with me. I pretty much grazed his front bumper with my kneepad. And ended up in someones yard sliding on a pile of leaves. I kept the bike upright though, I dont know how.
After freaking the hell out for a minute I turn around and see him driving down the road. So I caught up to him on my bike and asked if he thought it was a good idea to stop after runnning someone off the road. He told me he had a lot of problems at home with his son and he wasnt paying attention. I said it'd probably be a good idea to not be driving if you can't pay attention. And he said Im sorry Im a biker too. I told him he should know better then. Then I took off.
So all those things everyone tells me about being invisible is very true. I almost learned the hard way. But it's a valuable lesson learned and it'll only make me a smarter rider.
Now, to find new underwear.