1) This morning I was riding my bike in the right tire tread up a hill. Maybe 2 inches of snow fell last night. As I'm going up the hill I see many people pass me, one of whom flicks me off. Then he parks right in front of my destination. I wave and say, "hi" and he tells me "I don't want your death on my hands." Yikes! Things went downhill from there. He told me that people don't bike in weather like this, that I should take the "f***ing bus" and blah blah blah. I yell at him, he yells back and threatens violence. Nothing is gained by anyone.
2) I guy at the repair shop I go to was talking about how much he must freak cars out when he's fishtailing on the road or wobbling somewhat in heavy snow. I agree, it must be scary. People are afraid we're going to slip and fall.
So... I probably should have just said nothing to the guy. Or should I? Is there something I could have said that would have helped? Do you think he would be swayed by my studded tires? Is there some literature I could leave under his windshield wiper that would make things better?
And, more generally, how do we convince cars that we can safely interact on the road even when conditions are crap?