Not actually directly related to commuting, but seeing as this seems to double up as the 'bitching about motorists' section, thought I'd put it here. I was cycling (along quite a fast A road) the other day when a HGV overtook me, beeping its horn as it did. Taking this to be him saying 'get out of my way blah blah blah road tax blah blah blah'*, I kindly signalled back at him with the good old two fingers. Anyway, looking back on the event, maybe he was just beeping to let me know that he was overtaking me/about to overtake me, and to watch out, in which case, I should really have been thanking him. DO motorists do this (use their horn as a warning, as it's intended)? I feel quite bad actually Anyway, I've decided from now on I'm just going to give beeping motorists a friendly smile, wave and thumbs up. Either way, it'll thank them for a helpful warning, or just piss them off more, either of which is good.