It's probably my imagination, but I'd swear that when drivers of SUVs or hot cars get a glimpse of my white smart they speed up and try to find a way to pass me.
The other day, a young kid literally pulled up next to me on Onondaga Hill, half of the passenger's side of his car was missing, he looked at me, put pedal to the medal, burned rubber, and I assume exceeded the 40 mph speed limit, and left me behind for 100 feet until he found himself behind a line of cars.
If I could communicate with these people, I would just simply say, "Listen, it's going to be okay. You can buy one. There are two smart car centers here in Upstate. Orphans are available. You don't have to wait. Just head to Latham for a visit."
Or, "I feel bad for you. I am sorry. Yeah, I know prices for gas are low right now, and I accept that you can beat me in foot race. I just did not want to drop a fortune on a new car. I like having fun, driving something that is protected and small, and not spending our precious monetary resources on gas, at any price. Sorry."
This imaginary experience of mine began right away. No sooner than I left the lot, got on the NYS Thruway, drivers were speeding up to catch me, gawk-and-go, only to slow down later, so that I had to pass them!! Am I being crazy? Or, have you have had this experience? Funny part is, the truckers are the courteous ones.
Oh well, that's the price of driving different. Oh yeah, I spent nearly as much on Thruwy fees and gas taxes than the actual gas fuel. That was interesting.