Driving etiquette

Where do you wave to a courteous driver?

  • At A

    Votes: 22 64.7%
  • At B

    Votes: 5 14.7%
  • Both

    Votes: 6 17.6%
  • Neither

    Votes: 1 2.9%

  • Total voters
    34
  • #1
DaveC426913
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When another driver makes room to let you cut through, where is the appropriate place to wave back? When you first acknowledge the offer, or at the last moment when you are done taking advantage of it?

When I pull out (A), I always feel I've got to wave as soon as I take advantage of their offer. But then, as I come abreast of them (B) (closest approach), I always feel I need to wave again, in case they didn't see the first one and think I'm ungrateful.

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  • #2
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I'm pitifully grateful when anyone shows the least bit of driving courtesy. I way, way overdo the thank-you waves.
 
  • #3
Evo
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I wave both times to let them know I appreciate them. Can't wave too much.
 
  • #4
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I wave at A and look the opposite way to avoid any awkward stares I might receive at point B.
 
  • #5
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I write their plate number down and send it to the Illuminati. The Illuminati punish anyone who betrays game theory.
 
  • #6
Moonbear
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I wave as I'm making the turn, but am careful not to slow down my turning by waving. I hate it when someone I'm letting go takes forever to actually GO because they're busy waving.

In converse, though, I never wave on another driver. I will leave them room and wait for them to get out, but I won't wave to tell them to go. The only reason for that is because someone actually got sued and lost for doing it several years ago when the ninny making the turn didn't bother looking the OTHER way and got into an accident. They interpreted the wave as "all clear." I personally think you and you alone are responsible for ensuring you can complete a turn and no other vehicles are coming when you pull out to make a turn, but apparently not all courts do.
 
  • #7
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A. acknowledge as you're moving out, not before so as not to give confusing "body language" of "oh no, you go first". then, safe driving takes priority, and it's more important to be looking both ways and ahead instead of flirting with other drivers.
 
  • #8
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Always after. When I am waved through, I immediately start driving and so my attention is riveted. After I have straightened out and stabilized my situation I acknowledge. I never look to see if my acknowledgement was received. When I wave someone else through I keep my word and do not move until they are through. If they refuse the invitation, I go.
 
  • #9
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About the only time I need someone to make room for me is when I need to merge onto a freeway. In this case a smile and a wave as I move ahead and then once I am completely in the lane in front, I give a wave again to thank them.
 
  • #10
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I blow kisses.
 
  • #12
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I waive to them, less four fingers. :)
 
  • #13
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You're brilliant! :approve:
Except in some places, a man blowing kisses at another man might end up in a shooting.
 
  • #14
dlgoff
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The reason for waving (acknowledging) @ A is to make dang sure he's really going to let you through. Good eye contact helps you know his true intentions.
 
  • #15
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The reason for waving (acknowledging) @ A is to make dang sure he's really going to let you through. Good eye contact helps you know his true intentions.
Absolutely. But do you then ignore him at B?

That's why I end up at option 3 (both).
 
  • #16
dlgoff
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Yes, ignore. By the time you are at B, you should be paying attention of whats in front of you.
 
  • #17
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Also, if you hold a gun out of your window while at position A, the other drivers will stop and let you through. Be sure to shake gun at driver while at position B with an angry expression.

Works for me anyways.
 
  • #18
DaveC426913
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... with an angry expression.
Why do you think they call them expressways?
 
  • #19
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Why do you think they call them expressways?
and freeways. I am free to do what I want am I not?
 
  • #20
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I waive to them, less four fingers. :)
I hope thats a "thumbs up"
 
  • #21
BobG
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In the diagram you posted, it would definitely be B - after I've successfully completed the turn.

If a car coming the opposite direction T-bones me in the middle of my turn, I delete the wave completely.
 
  • #22
DaveC426913
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If a car coming the opposite direction T-bones me in the middle of my turn, I delete the wave completely.
Good call, good call.
 
  • #23
Matterwave
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I wave at A. Then I just drive off.
 
  • #24
I get out of the car, run over, and jump on the hood of their car for a full body car hug as I weep and whisper "thank you thank you thank you."

or

I give a little nod and wave at A and proceed after I have made sure that we know what each other are doing.
 
  • #25
DaveC426913
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I get out of the car, run over, and jump on the hood of their car for a full body car hug as I weep and whisper "thank you thank you thank you."
Damn. Now I have to add another option to the poll.
 

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