Clip out BEFORE you start doing something that might make you tip over.
The sketchier things are the farther left and more car-like you need to behave…but don’t take that to the point of stupidity; people really can’t see around blind corners and you will lose if someone is genuinely trying to run you down
Take the lane two or three cars ahead of the aggressive driver. The friendliest driver will be the one already giving the car ahead of them the largest following distance.
10% of the people will cross the yellow line to pass you no matter how close to the curb you are, 10% will buzz your elbow no matter how close to the curb you are, the other 80% mean no harm but won’t notice you unless you are in the part of the lane their car needs to occupy. It is safer to be noticed, so there needs to be a good reason to be riding closer than about 3 feet from the curb.
Don’t dwell on the adams apples or do something stupid in response. Let it go.
– patience. more infrastructure is put in place every season. more general acceptance happens every spring. more trails are being laid, one foot at a time. it IS getting better. One. Ride. At. A. Time.
I still have to re-learn that almost every day, otherwise I get so frustrated it’s maddening. Luckily you kind folks help me do it less painfully
Not really commuting advice, but a country ride observation: The reason giant jagoff trucks can pass so close to you is that the drivers are acutely aware of the size of their vehicles. After all, it takes some skill to maneuver your HEMI Quad-Cab Ram 1500 through the McDonald’s drive-thru.