Driving really is one of the most stressful things you can do on a daily basis, so it absolutely baffles me why people make it harder than it already is.
I’m not talking about the big things like talking on your mobile or tail-gating, (both of which I’ve been guilty of in the past)
No, I’m talking about the following –
Returning the wave
There are too many people who don’t return the wave.
You know who you are.
And you sicken me.
This is how it should work – you stop to give right of way at one of those traffic calming measures, the car with right of way goes first and gives a wave of thanks to you, and then you MUST, MUST return that wave. The return wave is even more important than the original wave of thanks as it is acknowledging the thanks given by the other driver.
“But I’m the one who stopped and Gave Way; why should I wave thanks?” I hear you say.
The reason you return the wave is really quite simple. We live in a shitty, self-absorbed world. Manners and pleasant behaviour to one another really is on the decline. By waving back to someone who says thanks to you is really like saying “No problem” or “fuggedabowdid” (that’s a Mickey Blue Eyes reference for those who don’t get it…).
It’s nice to acknowledge someone’s manners as it shows that both people involved care about manners. Too often do I see people act very non-chalantly where politeness is concerned; it’s like the hipster-norm to ignore somebody saying thank you and continuing to read your book about 18th century blanket stitching techniques, rather than just saying “you’re welcome”.
It really is just about the little things.
So next time somebody thanks you for doing something, just acknowledge it. It’s nice to be nice.
If, on the other hand, someone doesn’t reply to you, then you are well within your rights to give them the finger, scream obscenities and jump out of your car and knock off their wing mirrors.
Remember: be nice.
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