Okay ... so here is a question that I am guessing we will have some debate on:
Q: When is it okay to show how pissed off you are?
Example: 3 old ladies having a morning drive and a good laugh are in a left turn only lane with their left signal on approaching a green light with no oncoming traffic ... I am just behind and to the right of them (passing in my own lane but watching them) in the lane going straight through. I think they are turning left ... instead they swerve into my lane and almost hit me at the last second ... forcing me to honk and brake simultaneously. When the driver notices me (long after I have pulled in behind her) ... she waves me off dismissively like I was an annoying pest.
Response: Because I am a large enough guy and was really pissed off after having my relaxing ride come to a screeching halt ... I pulled in front of them and then slowed down ... then proceeded to give them the finger and yell at the top of my lungs with my visor up for about 20 seconds until they got the picture and all of them were shaken.
Thoughts: I know they were little old ladies. I am normally a very chivalrous man. I know that they didn't mean to almost kill me. I know they would have been sad if I hit the light pole beside me in an attempt to brake assuming they even heard me hit it. It was their reaction that really pissed me off. They didn't care ... at all until I showed them just how pissed off I was.
Now ... if it would have been some young guys in a truck or SUV ... I probably would have reacted differently. I know I should have sucked it up and kept riding without letting my anger get the best of me ... but I think you have a duty to make careless drivers aware so that they "might" think twice next time ... which "might" save another riders life.
I think it is worth the risk of getting into a scrap or having someone tail me ... but I am pretty confident I can defend myself (assuming they aren't a maniac who uses wtheir vehichle against me - which is possible)
Thoughts? Experiences? Give me an example, what you did and what you would do in retrospect.
Thanks in advance,