Is it me or are people becoming more and more aggressive? We read about more serious road-rage incidents in the newspapers but witness low-level aggression on a regular basis. It's true that the target of road rage may have just done something really stupid, and very much illegal, but my opinion is that a lack of common courtesy is the major culprit.
What happens when someone says 'have a nice day'? You respond with 'you too'. It's impolite to ignore them isn't it? If someone held a door open for you, wouldn't you say 'thank you' as you walked through? Why then is there so little courtesy extended on the road, and so little acknowledgement of it? Do we forget our manners when we get behind the wheel? Do caring, polite people turn into selfish ignorant road users? Perhaps people just don't think like three women who stopped at the bottom of an escalator in a very busy shopping centre. When I crashed into them, then others behind me, they told us all to watch where we were going! Yeah, like we had a choice! Probably it was one of them who was sitting at a traffic light recently (it had turned green) but was unwilling to move until she'd consulted her street directory. That was not only stupidly selfish, it was dangerous.
How often have you seen one of these:
Here's another thing that irritates me, so I've turned it into a game. For every ten nice things you do on the road, how many times
does the other party say thanks?
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Try it yourself, but please don't let the lack of response upset you.
You really are making the road a safer place by being courteous, so keep it up.