I must say that overall I have very few complaints about the drivers in my area. I haven't had a horn blown at me in two years, and have never been sworn at. However, yesterday I got a little rankled. I went for a short one hour ride on one of my favorite routes. Except for a short in town section the route has nicely paved 4 foot shoulders for its entire route. About midway thorough the ride is was on the shoulder, positioned about 1 foot from the grass when an 18 wheeler buzzed me! The guy was within a foot of hitting me putting him a good two feet over the fog line. Initially I was lived, feeling that he had done this intentionally. As I watched him travel down the road he drifted back into his lane and across the double yellow causing an oncoming car to swerve onto the shoulder. The truck then drifted back across the lane and onto my shoulder again. So it turns out that the driver wasn't a psychopath, just completely inept. Am I wrong in my assumption that drivers of commercial vehicles are required to attend more training than the rest of us?
As if that weren't enough, as I returned to town I entered the portion of my ride that has no shoulder. I was less than a block from my apartment when I took the lane in order to make the left hand turn onto my street. The car behind me gave me a lot of space, which was nice. There was a car approaching that wanted to make a right onto my street. According to the rules of the road, she had the right of way, as I was going to cross her lane in order to make my turn. I could see that she was a bit tentative about my presence so I waved her on, to make my intentions clear. She started to make the turn, but halfway into it she slams on her brakes for no reason and stares at me. I there had been a car behind her she would have been hit. With the car behind me I didn't want to hit my brakes in the middle of the road, so I made my turn in front of the oncoming car. She pulled into a parking lot just up the street from my apartment, and I considered stopping up there to tell her to just treat us like a car in that situation, but I was pretty agitated by the truck and didn't think my comments would come across as "friendly advice."