I'm sure the op is just ranting, I would too. But it's always worth clarifying the high viz isn't a guarantee of any kind, it just helps.
As do headlight modulators (although admittedly they're controversial), brake light modulators, weaving back and forth to make yourself more visible... etc
No matters what we do though, we don't have too many tools to deal with a completely distracted driver, other than to 'be prepared' for that sort of thing...
glad u made it through the day racefan
Maybe a mini-rant but not a full-blown one. I can work up one of those pretty quick too I expect.
The woman in the minivan was coming towards me from the opposite direction. I should have been fully visible directly in front of her and we were the only two vehicles around. I guess she needed to turn left in front of me instead of waiting for me to go past. I think she was arguing with or yelling at her kids but seemed definitely to be distracted. I'd already slowed down a bit because I had a funny feeling she was on a mission to get where she was going and I wasn't going to argue the space with her.
I'm sure this same type of thing has happened to everyone on here numerous times but even though it doesn't generally surprise me when it happens, it still does a bit when I'm directly in front of them, coming towards them, with a headlight on and hi-viz gear, no sun in their eyes, no other traffic, nice weather and road conditions, right in what should be the center of their field of view and they still don't notice.
Ok, I feel the rant-o-meter getting going a bit so I'll stop now.
I was out all morning today on the bike again and other than the heat and humidity, it was a blissfully uneventful cruise.
I'll stick with the high-viz stuff because I think it'd be even worse without it on. Plus the Tourmaster Sonora Air jacket has worked out great. I've worn it in temperatures ranging from 33F to 95F, in sun and in rain and no complaints from me. I also have the Tourmaster Overpants and they work great for me too, although they're black, not high-viz. I do need to find a new pair of gloves. My First Gear Carbon Guard gloves are getting a bit beat up and, well, gamey.
My totally gearless Harley-riding buddies tease me mercilessly about my ATGATT motto (I just say falling hurts and I don't like pain). More importantly my youngest daughter's friends thinks I look like a giant highlighter but they love highlighters so it's all good.