The other day I picked up my car from an auto body shop and rode my bike there to pick it up. After taking the bike apart and throwing it in the back, I'm back on the road heading home. On a thoroughfare, a crazy looking little guy drives up really fast behind me and starts tailgating, swinging from one lane to the other. The guy is frickin nuts, that's obvious after about, oh three seconds. Finally I get a chance to move to another lane and get away from this nut, I just got my car back from the shop and don't need more damage done from another stupid driver. So in classic nutjob fashion, he pulls in front of me and intentionally slams on his brakes, coming to a complete stop in the middle of a three lane, fast-moving road. Thank goodness for modern four wheel ABS disc brakes! When he finally decided to continue on his merry way, he moved to the other lane and rolled down his window. Thank goodness for modern turbocharged engines, I slowly cruised past him waiting for him to slam his car into mine like the road warrior, then when he started screaming at me I hit the gas and past him. My turn came up in a block and he thankfully kept going straight and on his nutty way.
This kind of thing happens every day to me or one of my friends. I didn't have any problems while on the bicycle, but as soon as you're in a car, there are a whole slew of problems and whacky dangerous people. Makes me think, what would happen if that guy had gotten pissed off with me or another biker that got "in his way" ?? And what would happen if there was a biker on the street where this jerk was playing Mad Max with his vehicle? I dread the thought of someone getting hurt or killed because this piece of trash smoked too much crack that morning.
When the lease on my car expires, there is even more of an incentive to give up cars for good. Or keep a truck for utility purposes. Anything beats close calls like this one.