My Wife and I were seriously buzzed yesterday on an empty country road, clear conditions, straight piece of road and no traffic whatsoever except for the offender. Here in PA, we have a 4 foot passing rule. We were 1ft left of the white line (no shoulder), and buzzed at high speed ~55mph in a 35 mph zone, with inches to spare. I know we were intentionally buzzed because he moved left, back over toward the yellow lines after the pass. I don't mind close passes if the driver has to negotiate oncoming traffic, slows and squeezes by, but this high speed empty road buzzing is a little ridiculous.
I am not proud of this but I had my nearly full water bottle in my hand and launched it. Of course, the driver was going so fast that it fell short. I slowed to retrieve the bottle and to my surprise, my wife launched a sprint after him that would have made Cav proud. For fun, I took up the chase, passed her up a climb and just caught a glimpse of the van turning left at the next intersection. At the end of it, we were both laughing and saying how much of a dickhead the driver was.
I don't condone this type of behavior in response to someone who is willing to play games and take chances with someone's life, but I was so furious over the blatant disregard for our safety. I don't typically like confrontation nor do I want to give a driver a second chance to run me over by inflaming the situation but in this case I was fully prepared to have a "chat" with this person and inform him of the law while my wife called the police. Sadly, we were not able to get the plate number but I ride that road often at that time and that van is now on my list in case I see it again.
Sorry, needed to vent and would love to hear some constructive things to do when buzzed. I will start by trying to get plate numbers first rather than hurling objects and one finger salutes.