I almost had an "incident" with one angry Civic driver yesterday. BTW, I'm in So Cal.
I was exiting from the I-10 W freeway on Del Mar and this Civic followed me off the freeway yelling/honking at me, speeding up, suddenly stopping, squealing his tires, almost hitting my car, then stopping with tires squealing, etc.
From what I understand, I supposedly had cut him off while exiting and he needed to make a point.
We stopped traffic like 6 times when he got in front of me, trying to intercept and stop my car. He would do a half turn and stop in the middle of the street (blocking everyone in traffic). Since he had a Civic, there was plenty room to just go around him, so I figured that would be best. When he was beside me, I asked him what his problem was and what he wanted me to do. I didn't get an answer, just more obscenities and more dangerous chicken games with our cars.
On the Valley intersection ahead, I was in front on the right lane on a red light. There was already a car on the left and he was behind me. I waited for the light to turn and for the driver on the left to speed up, then I sped up and merged in front of the driver on the left (single lane on Del Mar past Valley), trying to put more distance between us. He dangerously tried to merge behind me, but was greeted with another driver directly on his left, but he dangerously forced his was in. We kept going north for a bit, but then suddenly gave up and turned right into another street and left.
I still don't get it. I always look over my shoulders before changing lanes. He must've sped into the lane I was merging into after I looked and didn't want to let me in?
I thought about getting out of the car to settle things in the middle of the street, but decided that damaging my car and/or getting arrested would be bad, so I avoided him as much as possible (his car almost hit my car several times!).
I am really having a bad time with this. I feel like I should've done more to him when he provoked me, but at the same time, felt what I did was the right thing to do, since neither of us got into an accident, and no one got hurt.
What do you think?