Recently more than ever I have come across a very worrisome phenomenon in drivers, especially in this area, that I would like to address.
Have you ever been trying to make a left turn across a two-lane road and are in the turning lane, so you’re really not holding up anyone, and the driver in the lane nearest you decides to let you go – not understanding that this is creating a huge blind spot of vision to see if there are cars coming in the next lane over?
When this happens, I typically wave the driver on to go (which they’re supposed to be doing) and usually have the seemingly courteous driver throw up their hands in mock anger when, sure enough, a car is barreling down the other lane. The point is that if I took advantage of this “courteousness,” I would be in a very unfriendly wreck.
I think it is best if people steer clear of the act of courteousness and follow the rules of the road. Nowhere in any driver’s manual that I have read does it say that you should hold up your right of way and wait for another car if that car is making a turn.
We all love when our coworkers say good morning; a smile from a stranger walking by can even change the mood you’re in. But an act of graciousness on the road might not be the place to start bending the rules of etiquette.