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Now that I’m back to doing a lot of driving in my commute, I’m beginning to notice a horrible epidemic. It wasn’t always this way, but these days DC area drivers have forgotten how to wave.

When someone obviously lets me in, either by sudden decrease in speed when I have my turn signal on to change lanes, or by motioning me over, I wave at them in thanks. It’s only common courtesy, especially when nobody has to let you over for anything at any time. As a result I expect to see someone wave at me when I do the same for them. For many years I’ve seen that wave more often than not, but in the past 3 roundtrip commutes I’ve gotten nothing from more than 50% of the people I’ve let in, and you know what? I’m about to stop being so friendly.

Yeah, I know, it’s morning or evening rush. Yeah, I know, you’re in a hurry to get to work or in a hurry to get home. But you know what? It doesn’t make you go any slower to raise a hand briefly in thanks for being let over, you ungrateful sons of bitches. You know what’s going to happen, right? I’m a contrary individual, and I’m probably going to just stop letting people over. It’s probably going to piss off a lot of people, but that’s the price that gets paid when a bunch of dickheads piss in the punch bowl. Party’s over. I hope you’re happy.

It’s not too late. Start waving. If you don’t, I don’t want to hear your bitching when someone won’t let you in.

8 Responses

  1. I wave every time someone actually lets me in. Should I have to employ the jersey skillz and force myself in because the compensating individual in the H3 thinks he owns the road, I give a hand signal of a different sort.

    But that’s still something, right?

    I kinda ♥ it when you go all Jersey.

  2. This is happening here in Australia as well. It annoys the crap out of me when I don’t get the wave and I’ve clearly gone out of my way to let someone in ahead of me in traffic. I think people are just becoming ruder the world over. Sigh.

    So this is a worldwide epidemic? It’s worse than I thought.

  3. The other day I merged into an open space the size of three cars. It was a very safe maneuver, executed with the appropriate signaling and care, which didn’t result in being too close to the car in front of me and slamming on my brakes or anything. It was a textbook merge, and as just as I was completing the maneuver and about to signal thanks, the guy I got in front of slams on his horn. He was about a quarter inch from my rear bumper for at least a mile. He got the “sudden downshift” from me, which probably pissed him off a little bit, but at least it scared him enough to get him off my ass.

    LOVE DC!

    It is an unwritten rule that I brake for tailgaters. I can’t stand that. And if they have the nerve to flash their highbeams at me because I’m going 70 and they want me going 80, well… then begins an entirely different game.

  4. The wave is gone. I’m not sure it was ever here. I find Maryland Drivers to be the worst of the worst though. When someone waves at me I’m always so happy. If they don’t, and their windows and mine are both open, I’ll say, “YOU’RE WELCOME” loud enough for them to hear, much like I do when I hold a door for someone and they say nothing. I say it pretty loud too. Usually it warrants a dirty look, which means, they are now even more in-the-wrong.

    How goes it over there in new job land?

    Considering I often go out of my way to hold a door for someone, it doesn’t exactly make me happy when I don’t get a “thank you.” Usually I just make a mental note not to hold the door for that person if I see them again.

    I’m doing okay. I figured out how to send the email to everyone, but I got a lot of undeliverables on that. I also got an audit form, but I wasn’t sure what it was for about 5 minutes.

  5. Amen and 5 beers to you for this post. I was going to post about the same thing. Whats with people not letting you over either – especially when you have your signal on. I think DC is becoming quite a rude place.

    I think it’s always been rude. It’s just a matter of the manner in which you’re finally exposed to that fact. And don’t tempt me with beers. It’s a school night.

  6. Becoming? You must be new…

    It bothers me less that the area is generally impolite than it does that I am becoming less polite as a result. Like asshat osmosis or something.


    Ooh… assmosis. Now that is a term I can get behind.


  7. the wave lives..i wave…every time… sometimes twice…if he/she was exxxxtra cute or it was an extra awful spot to have to get over in….. if the top is down…like last night.. i wave and give teh smile nod…
    dont give up i-66… i dotn want you to get the assmosis!!

    If I did fall victim to assmosis, would you take care of me?

  8. I prefer to wave with my middle fingers. But that’s just me.

    Both? At the same time? Tight.

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