I'm starting to commute about 9 miles one way to work. I live in a small community with a few cyclists and you could say a less-than-friendly treatment by some motorists. I travel about 4 miles on a two lane highway with a speed limit of 55 miles per hour. It has some shoulder, some turn lanes and room for cars to pass and give plenty of space, most of the time.
What is getting to me is the large four-wheeler pickups that come by close enough that it is unnerving to me. I also have a section of road that is about a mile long of 4 lanes with a middle turning lane but no shoulder. When two cars pass me going the same direction I am and are right next to each other they are also a little spooky. I've managed to hold my own and when I reach town, there are bike lanes and MUP's that make the last 4 miles enjoyable.
Any suggestions on dealing with the local rednecks?