Motorists have to share the road with many people under many circumstances. Keeping in mind the phrase “share the road” is important under all situations. When drivers forget this simple rule, it can lead to aggressive and entitled behavior. Keeping a cool head and a generous demeanor keeps more people safe on the road.
Everyone should treat everyone else with the same respect that they would show their grandmothers, with patience, and with a basic understanding that if someone is in your way, they aren’t doing it to annoy you. It is likely that they aren’t even thinking about you. Just like you are not thinking about being in the way of the person behind you.
Bicyclists are in one of the most vulnerable positions when out on the road. For some reason, aggressive drivers see bicyclists as easy targets, so they will do harmful and potentially fatal things to them like yelling, throw objects, slapping them, or trying to push them off of the road. Motorists should remember that bicycles don’t have a crumple zone around them.