Good karma - lorries...

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Good karma - lorries...

Postby ngalbrai » Thu Mar 25, 2010 1:27 pm

Like many of you I always try to spread good karma and thank any act of consideration, occasionally getting a nod/wave/"toot-toot" in return (though very rarely lets be honest). The other day slogging back north on the pacific highway and I have one of those massive road trains behind me. Now this chap is pretty slow to get going understandably and so doesn’t overtake me, I thank him several times for keeping his distance. We pull up to some lights, he leans out of the cab and yells something, here we go thinks I, I don’t hear him at first but he perseveres and rather than shouting abuse is telling me he will stay behind me and not to worry about "busting a gut". So for about 10k I have a massive escort, two angry motorists beep at me only to get a blast of the horn from the lorry - marvelous. Eventually I had to wave the guy past and he gave me a big wave and protracted blast on the horn. That’s the second time that’s happened, previuous time was with a road train too, I guess these guys have seen it all and a cyclist lit up like an xmas tree who waves thanks is worth some consideration in their books? Who knows.

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Re: Good karma - lorries...

Postby Chuck » Thu Mar 25, 2010 6:54 pm

Good post :D

Monday's commute was early so I was well lit too. Was heading towards a roundabout, double lanes, I'm to the extreme left but want to go right. I slow right down to let any traffic behind me pass before I take the right lane to turn right at the roundabout.

I look behind me and there's a semi slowing right down giving me plenty of room. He has his left blinker on, he's going left at the roundabout, and he's letting me take the right lane. I give him a wave, signal right turn with my arm at the roundabout. As I enter the roundabout I give the thumbs up sign with my left hand, to which I get a double blast (quite gently) in reply from the truckie.

It was a nice exchange and left me feeling positive towards my fellow road users. I've had a couple of similar experiences during the week, one with a truck and one with a car, and I've made sure they know how I've felt with positive hand signals.

Good Karma indeed :D
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Re: Good karma - lorries...

Postby Mulger bill » Thu Mar 25, 2010 7:14 pm

Always good public relations to thank the nice ones. Not that I have to do it wih Skybuses.

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Re: Good karma - lorries...

Postby Aushiker » Fri Mar 26, 2010 12:28 pm

Hi

Great story and thanks for sharing.

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