Well, i haven't been driving at nighttime, and even walked *gasp* somewhere the other day because it would be nighttime on the way back. I'm more comfortable with that decision, but i'm not sure i'm not sure it can last, because i'll need to get to and fro the office, which is a half-hour drive away.
I have noticed now that people really do use their headlights during the day time. In most cases, it is not blinding (because it is light outside) but it still hurts. So, i'm still holding my hand up to oncoming traffic, and my right-side mirror is tilted down (it becomes unuseful) a lot to save me. I've been toying with the idea of putting reflective-tape on my bumper, or just a straight-out mirror. You know, let them see what i'm seeing.
When it gets darker, and is harder to see other cars, many people turn on their headlights. Why? It is not hard to see, it is harder to be seen. So, don't turn on the lamps (two switches i've seen), just those smaller yellow lights (one switch). They make the automobile easily noticeable.
I've also been trying to drive the speed limit. I say "trying" because it is hard. Some roads are twenty-five mph that should be forty, and slow-downs because of twists aren't really going to happen. But on the freeway or forty mph roads, i've been doing my best to follow the posted limits. So, i get over to the right lane when i can.
Apparently, i'm ticking off a lot of people. I'm being tailgated *a lot* even in the right lane. So, i just do it. I slow down. Eventually they pass me, or honk, or give dirty looks. I really don't care. I'm in the right-lane. I'm going the speed limit. I'm trying to be a safe driver. If the car behind me can't handle that and wants to tailgate, so be it, but i'm taking my foot off the accelerator until we are at a safe speed for that distance. I happy with this, because many times those people seem to have their headlights on anyway, and making them angry enough to pass me only helps.
Granted, at first i only slow down little. Many get the hint at give me room to breathe, and which point i speed back up. but many don't. Do i need a bumper sticker asking them nicely not to trail within just a couple car-lengths of me?
I've been watching the road, and noticed how many people tailgate other people. The cut-offs as well. It's just all so aggressive. I'm beginning to despise driving in general as cars seem to bring out the worst in people who would otherwise be extremely polite.
In the meanwhile, i'm looking into getting a bike. I hope to ride instead of driving for the shorter distances.