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Driver Etiquette - Karen's Musings
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estherchaya
estherchaya
Driver Etiquette
You know, I was brought up to say "Please" when I want something and "thank you" when someone helped me get it. I was also brought up not to talk chew with my mouth open and put elbows on the table, but that's another story all-together.

When it comes to driving, I expect the same courtesies... blinkers equal that very easy "Please" in life and that nice little hand wave equals "Thank You."

Taking a cookie off of my plate, taking a bite out of it and then saying, "Please, may I have one of your cookies?" counts as neither a please nor a thank you. Likewise, cutting me off and then putting on your blinker will not make me a happy camper.

If I go out of my way to help you and you don't say "thank you," I'm likely to resent you and not be as willing to help you the next time (depending on the circumstances). Likewise, if I go out of my way to let you know that I've made room for you in my lane so that you can get out from behind that stopped bus in your lane since you've so dutifully had your blinker on for 500 feet, and you don't give me that little polite hand wave, I'm not going to appreciate you.

I've been driving (as opposed to metro-ing) to work for nearly a month now (since I returned after the kidney stone), and I've amassed a large number of stories about the lousy DC drivers out there. In reality, I much prefer driving to taking the metro, but I just don't understand the sense of entitlement that most people drive with.

Here endeth my rant, for the time being.

Current Mood: irritated irritated

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From: beegle Date: August 28th, 2002 08:19 pm (UTC) (Link)
I'll admit to being utterly vicious about not letting people in when they don't signal, but I don't care much about the "courtesy wave."

The way I figure it, I'd prefer it if that person keep both hands on the wheel.
estherchaya From: estherchaya Date: September 29th, 2002 07:51 pm (UTC) (Link)

I'm beginning to agree with you. A driver gave me that courtesy wave the other day, while he was using the other hand for holding his cell phone. He swerved to do it. Gotta love DC drivers.
Oy.

I'm still all about the turn signal.
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