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Good Motorist

Postby gretaboy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:03 pm

Was just in the Moron Motorist thread and I thought about an "incident" I had this morning...but a positive one.

Was travelling up a minor hill, doing the usual, when I realised I had a semi next to me. This is not all that unusual given the route I travel for my commute. Even the load he was transporting wasnt all that unusual, a massive forklift on a 20 wheel trailer

What was unusual was the fact that he actually moved over into the right hand lane in order to put room between him and me, he didnt blow his airhorn to try and scare me out of the way either. His actions held up the cars in the "fast" moving right lane. I checked my GoPro footage and it clearly shows him moving over well before he gets to me. Once past he moved back and took up the "lane" that I was travelling in with the left wheels of the trailer well over the white line.

So to the truck driver in TransTrac Australia, truck 151.....thankyou for taking my safety into consideration.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby bychosis » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:14 pm

Worth an email/letter/call to the company. Those sort of things go a long way, just like the complaints.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby jasonc » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:17 pm

bychosis wrote:Worth an email/letter/call to the company. Those sort of things go a long way, just like the complaints.

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Re: Good Motorist

Postby InTheWoods » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:21 pm

bychosis wrote:Worth an email/letter/call to the company. Those sort of things go a long way, just like the complaints.

+2

Maybe 30% of the motorists I come across are really really good. 60% are ok. 9% are a bit borderline. Its the 1% (or less, really) that are the biggest problem... Disclaimer: I pulled the percentages out of thin air.

If only I didn't see a larger proportion of cyclists doing crazy [illegal] stuff every day...
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby gretaboy » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:22 pm

jasonc wrote:
bychosis wrote:Worth an email/letter/call to the company. Those sort of things go a long way, just like the complaints.

+1



Yeah was going to, am planning to....just cant find them on the net :(. No number on the truck that I can see either. Have triple checked the spelling on the footage, have got it right, just cant seem to locate them. Truck had NSW rego plates too.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby r2160 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 12:42 pm

Little bit of info in ASIC that might help

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Re: Good Motorist

Postby human909 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 1:08 pm

gretaboy wrote:Was just in the Moron Motorist thread and I thought about an "incident" I had this morning...but a positive one.

Was travelling up a minor hill, doing the usual, when I realised I had a semi next to me. This is not all that unusual given the route I travel for my commute. Even the load he was transporting wasnt all that unusual, a massive forklift on a 20 wheel trailer

What was unusual was the fact that he actually moved over into the right hand lane in order to put room between him and me, he didnt blow his airhorn to try and scare me out of the way either. His actions held up the cars in the "fast" moving right lane. I checked my GoPro footage and it clearly shows him moving over well before he gets to me. Once past he moved back and took up the "lane" that I was travelling in with the left wheels of the trailer well over the white line.

So to the truck driver in TransTrac Australia, truck 151.....thankyou for taking my safety into consideration.


That occurs for me all the time. I constantly head check so I know what is behind me and I take the lane so they have no choice but to move into the other lane. I can't insist enough that cyclists should do this more. Not doing so compromises your own safety.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby Undertow » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:09 pm

human909 wrote:That occurs for me all the time. I constantly head check so I know what is behind me and I take the lane so they have no choice but to move into the other lane. I can't insist enough that cyclists should do this more. Not doing so compromises your own safety.


It doesn't always work though. I've been close shaved by tradies when I've been In the right wheel track with an empty lane beside me. Some people are just jerks.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby Bentnose » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:20 pm

Undertow wrote:
human909 wrote:That occurs for me all the time. I constantly head check so I know what is behind me and I take the lane so they have no choice but to move into the other lane. I can't insist enough that cyclists should do this more. Not doing so compromises your own safety.


It doesn't always work though. I've been close shaved by tradies when I've been In the right wheel track with an empty lane beside me. Some people are just jerks.


Its not always tradies,I find after Commodore drivers, late model Mercedes and Audi drivers would be the worst, by the way I am a tradie and drive a rather large ute and wear fluoro, the percentage of bad drivers of all persuasions would be the same i'd say :mrgreen:
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby Undertow » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:44 pm

Bentnose wrote:
Undertow wrote:
human909 wrote:That occurs for me all the time. I constantly head check so I know what is behind me and I take the lane so they have no choice but to move into the other lane. I can't insist enough that cyclists should do this more. Not doing so compromises your own safety.


It doesn't always work though. I've been close shaved by tradies when I've been In the right wheel track with an empty lane beside me. Some people are just jerks.


Its not always tradies,I find after Commodore drivers, late model Mercedes and Audi drivers would be the worst, by the way I am a tradie and drive a rather large ute and wear fluoro, the percentage of bad drivers of all persuasions would be the same i'd say :mrgreen:


I didn't mean to say all tradies were bad. It's just the couple of occasions I can recall were done by tradies.

On one of the occasions it cost the tradies company a $10k job too, as my body corporate had them quote on job a week after it happened and I veto'd them for their bad driving.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby human909 » Tue Nov 27, 2012 4:55 pm

Undertow wrote:
human909 wrote:That occurs for me all the time. I constantly head check so I know what is behind me and I take the lane so they have no choice but to move into the other lane. I can't insist enough that cyclists should do this more. Not doing so compromises your own safety.


It doesn't always work though. I've been close shaved by tradies when I've been In the right wheel track with an empty lane beside me. Some people are just jerks.


If you have a mirror or if you head check like I do then you see those jerks coming. And by riding in the middle of the lane you have space to play with.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby Mulger bill » Tue Nov 27, 2012 8:57 pm

Not a fan of midlane positioning after I found an oil spot the almost hardest way. Glad I was wearing reflective straps on me ankle that day.

My feelings on whitevan tradies changed a tad today. Approaching a road crossing on a PSP, I backed right off to give him plenty of time to make his turn. He saw me, stopped and waved me through with a smile. He got a huge one back with a bonus hat tip. Made my day. :D
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby Rhubarb » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:04 am

Mulger bill wrote:...... He saw me, stopped and waved me through with a smile. He got a huge one back with a bonus hat tip. Made my day. :D


Perhaps counter-intuitively it would have made his too. A little shared respect does wonders for all. It costs you nothing to smile and say thank you, yet it is not particularly common on the roads.

Well done to you both in this instance.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby clackers » Wed Nov 28, 2012 8:57 am

Riding near Noojee the other weekend, we saw half a dozen hoons on dirt bikes tearing through what was unlikely to be properties they owned.

I was dreading climbing a hill thinking they could just jump the road themselves one after the other without looking.

But one guy made his way across as a scout and with hand gestures held up his mates. They waited for us to pass by them, even though they could have revved up and gotten across before we got to them.

Risk taking teens they might have been by themselves, but they were also respectful road users in the presence of others. :-)
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby redned » Thu Jan 17, 2013 6:30 pm

Frobisher St Osborne Park is a wide single lane road (light industry, lots of trucks). Plenty of room to stay out of the gutter and still have traffic pass without crossing the centre line. However where there are small traffic islands at intersections the road narrows to a genuine single lane.
I normally head check and take the lane into the round about, but this morning was a bit slow: there was already a car passing and a queue behind from the traffic light change. So I ducked onto the kerb to wait for a break in the traffic. Looking behind for a break, a fellow in white tray back pauses and waves me on to the round about. Gave him a wave then and again when he passed me on the other side.
I hope he had a really good day.
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Re: Good Motorist

Postby bychosis » Thu Jan 17, 2013 8:03 pm

Anyone who knows the eleebana s- bends knows its a bit tight. Rode through today and for about half the distance a courteous driver Waited patiently behind, turns out it was learner, probably not game to overtake. Hope the courtesy lasts through to full license. I was going about 35-40 in a 60 zone that most cars probably average 50 through.
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