I was about to look at the rego when I saw my son at the edge of my car. When that happened, I think I just froze.. all I remembered was the rego started with a BB-*** on a white Holden from the 90's.
I used to keep a crowbar in my car.. but decided way back then it was not worth it. The people that I've had aggressive encounters with to date, who number only in the handful, seem to have less to lose than me should something go wrong..
Sometimes you meet people who are just looking for trouble, due to road rage, a bad day or having a bad case of tall poppy syndrome. I have only confronted one when I couldn't back away. Most of the time, I've just driven or walked away. For example, a few years ago on Greenhill Rd I was in a situation where I had to brake hard. The ute behind me came close to hitting me and started blaring his horns. He then came up to me, and just before I got out I noticed he had something in his hand. I decided to stay put in the car and let him shout his head off at my window. I then saw he had a screwdriver in his hand.. so, I just smiled at him and drove off. He followed me so I drove to the Police station on Unley Rd before I got out.... he decided to drive on.
I would not advocate keeping a weapon in the car. I think it'll make one irrationally braver and could lead to many negative outcomes that are long term.
Fight or flight.... despite my ego and emotions wanting to fight sometimes, I think where it's a situation that I have too much to lose, I'd be better of choosing flight.. maybe the trick is to walk away in style