I had a confrontation with a neanderthal in a car today. I won't even get into the fact that my Giant Sedona is worth more than his car.
He slowed and yelled at me to get on the sidewalk, and I yelled back at him (probably a mistake, but what can I say)
He then slammed on his brakes and stopped in the middle of the road to chastise me for blocking his way (I was riding within my rights toward the right of the lane, wearing a yellow jersey and a flashing LED on my seatpost)
During his demonstration of his ignorancde I pointed out that by the vehicle code, I was within my rights.
He proclaimed that he has a CDL and therefore knew more than me.
As he finally decided to pull off (very slowly) I also started rolling at which point he decided to intimidate me by pulling over quickly, and so I called out "That's assault," and after a couple of seconds he accelerated away.
I did not get his license number, and realized my mistake when he was too far away to see, but it did bring another idea to mind as I continued my ride.
I am considering creating and keeping a couple of small flyers with me, with an extract of the appropriate sections of the vehicle code inside, and an offer that if the driver I "inconvenienced" can prove that I was legally in the wrong, that I will send them $20 for their trouble. This could show a sense of cooperation while making my point.
This is my first experience in 1900 miles in the past few years, so I don't know if it would be effective use of my time or not, but once created it would be no problem to carry one or two with me.
I do know that next time I will get a license number, as I think it is all that is guaranteed to get the point made.
PS - I am also considering paying for a full page ad in the local papers, but I doubt that the real trouble makers read.