For the past 2 weeks or so I have been severely nervous in traffic. I almost got hit a couple of weeks because my front light died just as I was getting to a freeway on/off ramp area that I have to cross on my commute. A guy didn't see me and ended up slamming on his horn right as I passed him. He was stopped waiting to turn right from the offramp I cross. The whole incident has me just as nervous as can be. That and lately people seem to be passing VERY close to me lately, some of them even seeming to do it on purpose, as they go back into their lane further after they pass me.
Its gotten to the point where this morning there was a semi behind me, and because the road was so narrow where I happened to be right then, he could not pass. I went into the gutter so that he could pass, and I almost ate it.
I guess I've been riding with a certain amount of cockiness in that "I'm a cyclist, I have rights, if you don't like it get off the road" but lately its been more like "Hey I'm just a guy on a bike, please don't kill me with your vehicle" and the riding scared to go with it.
Can anyone offer advice?