I think the long-sleeved bright yellow slicker may have helped in more ways than one. Last night I had a couple of close encounters on the way to work. In both instances, drivers just appeared to be not looking until I was really too close for my comfort. Fortunately, I was paying more attention than they were and was able to avoid any trouble.
I'm glad that the majority of my route is not highly trafficed. Last week I tried an alternate route that had newer pavement for most of the route and one steep climb and descent rather than many smaller ones. I think it was a bit longer and the two big strikes against it were more traffic lights and more traffic (which kind of makes sense). Even on a Saturday morning when I tested it out, there was far more traffic than on weekday mornings on my primary route. I think I'll stick with the primary unless some construction or other problem arises.