Any time you see a motorist slow down or stop for a reason not immediately obvious, treat the situation with caution.I've been reminded that the motorist driving across my lane had been "flashed" to proceed by a motorist in the lane to my right (travelling the same direction as me). Any time you see motorists start flashing each other, beware! The flasher probably hasn't checked the road situation properly and the flashed will probably just go, regardless of whether it puts you in danger or not.
The drivers near you must be much less horn-happy than most places I've ridden. Small roads they mostly behave, but in heavy traffic on multi lane roads, or if I take the lane through a pinch point, horns most times. Sometimes they honk just because you're bypassing their queue on a cycleway or lane. I think they get bolder when they've got other motorists for company. I wave hello in replyErrr no I don't think you did. If you take the centre of the lane when it's necessary, you'll find drivers accommodate you rather than letting you know.
Depends on so many things is impossible to generalise, though I for one find that taking the lane is a lot less fraught when I'm going fasterErrr no I don't think you did. If you take the centre of the lane when it's necessary, you'll find drivers accommodate you rather than letting you know.