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Saying thank you when driving

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hunkermunker Thu 21-Apr-05 10:29:25

Do you? Somebody stops to let you through, you drive through said gap and what do you do? Drift on, barely recognising that somebody else has stopped for you? Or do you smile and lift your hand off the steering wheel?

If you don't say thank you - why ever not? What's stopping you?

jessicasmummy Thu 21-Apr-05 10:30:15

hm - this subject really gets to me too - i always say thank you and acknowledge those that say thanks to me - some people can be so ignorant!!!

NomDePlume Thu 21-Apr-05 10:30:17

I smile and wave my hand

jbadgirl Thu 21-Apr-05 10:31:58

I smile and lift my hand to say thanks and to acknowledge people thanking me.

I get annoyed when you go out of your way to let someone through and they just ignore you.

Lonelymum Thu 21-Apr-05 10:32:01

I do acknowledge people but not always if it is my right of way anyway.

I got hooted at today for indicating and stopping on the road today so my ds could hop out and post a letter. There was no reason why I couldn't stop (no painted lines etc) and I did indicate I was stopping but, because the woman behind me had to wait a moment before she could overtake me, she hooted me!

Seems to me, some people should read their highway code again.

hunkermunker Thu 21-Apr-05 10:32:19

Hello JM! How are you?

It's just SO annoying when people are oblivious - it makes me wonder what else they're not seeing... Worries me that fellow road users can be so unaware of things!

hunkermunker Thu 21-Apr-05 10:33:35

Ooh, yes, I do the acknowledge people thanking me wave too

I also thank people if I'm a passsenger and someone lets us through - I have politeness ingrained into my genes somehow

jessicasmummy Thu 21-Apr-05 10:36:47

im fine thanks hm - and u? little one doing my head in - too tired to deal with her - dh away for 3 weeks - please tell me things will get better

Ameriscot2005 Thu 21-Apr-05 10:40:38

I wave when someone does me a favour and vice versa.

hunkermunker Thu 21-Apr-05 11:46:38

JM, things will get better! Sleep when she sleeps

Sonnet Thu 21-Apr-05 12:19:16

I always acknowledge drivers who are helpful - I always let people in too and WOW does it bug me when they sail by without a thank-you!!
No need for it...

My real bug bearer is those impatient drivers who overtake me when turning right!!! - I have to wait a mere 42 seconds for the electric gates to open fully and they are just too impatient to wait - the amusing thing is that if drivers didn't speed to the extent they do outside our house we wouldn't need to have gone to the expense of electric gates - we could park up and open them BUT I'd be dead by now!!

beachyhead Thu 21-Apr-05 12:22:13

I wish there was a sign for SORRY - so when you do make a genuine mistake, you can acknowledge that you are an idiot and you are sorry.....instead of people thinking you are just a tosser or a really bad driver.......

JanH Thu 21-Apr-05 12:22:38

I wave both ways too. I also say "thank you", in a strange clipped falsetto voice, the kids find this very amusing but I can't not say it

fisil Thu 21-Apr-05 12:24:07

I do - and I try to bite my tongue when someone does something not so nice. Part of my policy to make ds a nice young man!

Sonnet Thu 21-Apr-05 12:25:12

Beachyhead - LOL at sorry sign - I know what you mean

Dahlia Thu 21-Apr-05 12:25:40

I do a weird finger thing - keep hand on steering wheel but raise up first finger whilst simultaneously inclining my head forward in a gracious nod. Try it. Its quite satisfying and more upmarket than a full hand wave. I save the full hand wave for when I drive badly, that's my 'sorry, being a nob' gesture.

scottishmumto1 Thu 21-Apr-05 12:30:23

i give a wave and a smile if someone stops for me.
i have been known to give the finger if people dont respond if i have stopped for them. it really pisses me off, it doesnt cost anything to give a little wave

Kayleigh Thu 21-Apr-05 12:38:13

I always lift my hand if somebody stops for me.
My boys are always asking "Who are you waving to Mummy?" !

hunkermunker Thu 21-Apr-05 20:14:51

Dahlia, I do the steering wheel raised finger thing too - I'm posh and polite

I also say thank you when someone lets me over the road as a pedestrian at a zebra crossing, etc. Why don't some people acknowledge that they're holding up a stream of traffic?!

hatsoff Thu 21-Apr-05 20:17:04

pet annoyance of mine too. I always wave a hand and think it's v rude not to

Hausfrau Thu 21-Apr-05 20:18:26

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WideWebWitch Thu 21-Apr-05 20:19:57

I always smile and wave thanks, my wave sounds like Dahlia's. Ha ha at Janh's falsetto voice!

Davros Thu 21-Apr-05 20:27:29

Hausfrau, thought that said "i get naked", I thought that was being a bit toooo grateful! I do a wave and smile and sometimes a good old thumbs up which I enjoy!

pixiefish Thu 21-Apr-05 20:33:52

I always wave thank you, if they've let me out onto the road then I wave in my rear view mirror. Otherwise I lift my hand and wave.
I thank drivers who stop for me to cross the road when I'm walking as well.
When driving down country lanes I thank people who let me pass, including pedestrians. I'm generally quite cheery when I'm out and about and think that other people are cheery back- always say please and thank you in shops as well

Eve Thu 21-Apr-05 20:36:24

Is it only me that thinks BMW drivers rarely say thank you...and female BMW dirvers never ever say thank you.

...maybe its just where I live?

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