Recently started to converse with motorists about their driving
I recently surprised myself and took the step of engaging with a van driver on his aggressive punishment pass (after I had blocked his initial overtake attempt at a point where it was not safe to overtake). Regardless of what I said, all he could repeat was "but you were in the middle of the road", and "well, you shouldn't be in the middle of the road then", as if it was a mantra which would get me out of his face. Since then I have engaged with a number of other motorists with mixed results. One ambulance driver (side note: I find off duty amulance drivers using the bus lanes to be a total menace), once I had re-iterated my demands that he give me more space about 5 times (he was eastern european and didn't really speak English), apologised and said he would be more careful. Another lorry driver who overtook me with about a foot to spare, and to whom I asked "do you realise you just endangered my life?" at the next set of lights, apologised profusely and then gave me a thumbs up out of the window when he passed me later on on the same street. Who knows if this behavior is genuine or they are just being super nice because they're not licensed to drive heavy goods vehicles and don't want any trouble. The thing that surprised me is that drivers seem to be happy to at least engage with me through an open window, instead of just blanking me which is what I would have expected to happen. Any one else have experiences of this kind of engagement? I think if more of us did it maybe these drivers would drive more carefully in the future around cyclists.