Here in LA, we have Tahoe's, Yukon's, Escalade's, F150's, 250's, 350's and 450's along with Silverado's, Sierra's and Dodge Ram trucks just pushing their way in and out of traffic. Watching their smart phone screens vs paying attention to the road. Motorcycles splitting lanes and blipping the throttle to let others know they're straddling the line. So, I only drive my little Alfa Spider on the weekend, when things aren't as crazy, yet I often wonder when one of those big SUV's or pick ups will run into me. I have to drive defensively or I'll get squashed! That is, until I get into the open road and let that twin cam sing!
I can't imagine driving a small roadster as a daily driver here in LA. The traffic is horrendous and the drivers simply don't pay attention. In fact, just yesterday, we were turning left off the red light at the end of a long exit ramp/street. Two left turn lanes, where the right one must turn into the far right lane and the left can turn into one of the left turn lanes or the lane going straight ahead. We were in our RX350 (not a small car and sits up pretty high) and the guy to our right made his left turn into our lane. We swerved to avoid him and then fell back behind him, not fun, but no big deal. If we wouldn't have done so, it would've been our right fender - we lost an RX 350 a few years ago to a similar accident (was totalled due to the cost of the repair - mainly the headlight which moves with the steering wheel $2700 for the part alone). So maybe a total loss again or maybe a repair - something I don't want, because the value of the car drops when repaired, especially when it's a front end hit. So, lucky for us, there was nobody to our left and we were able to avoid an accident.
Then I think about what would've happened if I was in my Spider. Probably easier to avoid him, since it handles better than the Lexus - but there's a chance I could've looked away and was hit by that Grand Caravan. I'm pretty sure his car would win the battle! And my insurance would probably declare my Spider a total loss and I'd have to search to find another, which I don't want to do. Or worse, what if I was in my '74 or '71 Spider. I don't want to worry about replacing either of them.