OK, I commute on roads about 4000 miles a year.
I take the lane when I need to.
Cars often have to slow down a bit for me. I share the road with trucks.
I ride in traffic.
Yet, I can count on one hand the number of times (in thousands of miles) that I've encountered verbally abusive motorists. I get an occasional honk. I think I got the finger once.
Yet nearly everyone I talk to (both on and off this forum) reports that they regularly encounter abusive psycho drivers that go ballistic at the mere sight of a cyclist on the road.
What am I doing or not doing?
BTW, very little of my riding takes place in the city limits of Davis - where I actually encounter some of the worst motorists of all.