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HumVee Attack!

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Wow, I and my little car almost bought it last night. I need some advice about what to do next.
Yesterday, on the way home from work:
A big black HumVee came up behind me really, really fast as I was passing a big tractor-trailer truck in the left lane. The guy got so close to me that all I could see was his grill in my rear view mirror.

Since I was already going 70, and had quite a bit of truck left to get by, I did the logical thing. I rolled down my window and gave him the finger. (See, I'm not claiming innocent angel status here :lol: )
However, what happened next wasn't cool or reasonable at all, IMO.

The HumVee actually got *closer*. I swear I thought he was going to ram me. So, I took off, since i know they don't accellerate that well. I passed the truck going about 80, and moved over into the next lane. The HumVee came barreling after me, and was coming up fast in my rear view mirror. Then he started sideswiping me!!! :shock: He made three side swerves, two of which i accellerated out of, the second of which I only missed by slamming on the brakes. That one he just barely missed the front of my car, and came halfway into my lane before pulling back.
This was on an overpass, where he would have sent me flying if he'd actually hit me. Or, if I hadn't been able to get off the road, I would have been flattened by the tractor trailer, which was right behind me.

Now, here's my question.
1. is a finger really justifiable provocation for all that??? I think not.
2. What, if anything, can I do to protect myself? I have a custom plate and a very noticible car. This @ss can find out where I live, or damage my car in a parking lot and drive away.
3. Should I have called the cops? (didn't see the plate, was too busy trying not to soil the seats in my car.)

God, that was awful.
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I live in Santa Monica. At 7am one morning, I went out to pick up a donut at my favorite donut place on Lincoln, in Venice. The roads were pretty bare, and I was going a normal speed, not especially slow or anything. Nevertheless, some creep in a red pickup with a contractor case built into the back tailgated me -- INCHES from my bumper. I, too, am a redheaded girl -- very girlie, too. Whatta man, frightening the girl in the tiny little hybrid. I was afraid to even change lanes because he was so close. Well, I'm no shrinking violet, and my boyfriend gave me a digital camera, so, when he turned left into a gas station, I went straight instead of turning right, and pulled in another entrance of the same station. There were a bunch of other men there, and I dress like a girlie girl, always useful in situations like this -- making the creep look an even bigger bully -- so I got out and said something to him about what a man he was for tailgating me. Next, I photo'd his license and called the cops. They're pretty lame here (I had to track down my own stolen Rambler, despite Nancy Drew-ing up everything but the thief's blood type) so, they probably didn't get him. But there's always that chance. I get my rage out at SUVs with my latest anti-SUV campaign: business cards I put under windshields of the huge, new ones that read, "How many dead Marines did it take to gas up your tank? Stylish, aren't you?"
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