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Old 07-26-2012, 12:25 PM
 
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I slammed on my horn today. At town center --I have right away, 2 other cars at stop signs decided it was their turn...they make up their own rules. I had to slam on breaks so I honked at them. I bet they didn't have a clue.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:04 PM
 
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I honked at someone downtown this morning.

On meeting crossing Calhoun going toward Market. He was in front of me and got in the left turn lane. He then proceeded straight and drifted back over in front of me in the middle of the intersection. I honked and he waved.

What's the wave? Don't wave when people honk. If they are honking, it's (most likely) because you're doing something stupid and should stop doing it. It isn't because they want you to acknowledge them and wave politely.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:05 PM
 
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What's the wave? Don't wave when people honk. If they are honking, it's (most likely) because you're doing something stupid and should stop doing it. It isn't because they want you to acknowledge them and wave politely.
It's an apology... and to diffuse your anger in case you're a road-rager
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:55 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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It's an apology... and to diffuse your anger in case you're a road-rager
Yup, if I make a mistake and someone honks at me I reflexively wave and mouth "I'm sorry". And then if they are still gesturing angrily I roll down my window and innocently ask "seriously, you never mess up?"
People seem to really get embarrassed then.
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Old 07-26-2012, 01:58 PM
 
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Yup, if I make a mistake and someone honks at me I reflexively wave and mouth "I'm sorry". And then if they are still gesturing angrily I roll down my window and innocently ask "seriously, you never mess up?"
People seem to really get embarrassed then.
oooh that's good!
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:12 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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oooh that's good!
You have to add the innocent eye blink too.

I admit when I first moved to Seattle I was a mess behind the wheel. I learned to drive in Southern California, where the roads looked like they were drawn using graphing paper in their neat little grid lines. I took me three years to develop a sense of direction with the crazy streets there. And don't even talk to me about freeway off ramps that exit from the left lane. I guarantee I pissed off a few people behind me trying to figure that out!

Sorry Seattle!
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:18 PM
 
Location: Goose Creek, SC
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It's an apology... and to diffuse your anger in case you're a road-rager
I'm not a road rager. Normally, I honk if I think you're in danger of hitting me. That's why the wave bothers me.

For example:

Guy this morning almost hits me in the intersection because arrows confuse him
I honk to get him to stop and not hit me
He waves but continues to drive causing me to slam on brakes with people behind me not expecting brake lights since the light is green almost causing them to hit me.


Yes I do mess up. I don't claim perfect. But if I, for example, realized I was mistakenly in a turn lane, I would not (and have not) attempt to cause one of several collisions to correct my mistake. What I would do (and have done actually when in this position) is, if traffic permitted (no one behind me), wait for traffic in the lane I needed to be in to clear and get over then. If that wasn't an option, I'd make the turn I'd committed to and find a place to turn around. My mistakes don't have to inconvenience and endanger everyone else.

It isn't like he couldn't see me. I was in my work van. It's big and white. Even my personal vehicle is a big truck. I'm hard to miss.
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Old 07-26-2012, 02:42 PM
 
Location: Mount Pleasant, SC
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I'm not a road rager. Normally, I honk if I think you're in danger of hitting me. That's why the wave bothers me.
Oh, I am quite sure that some of those waves are not friendly apologies. If someone waves then continues doing whatever you honked at them for they probably just forgot to close most of their hand.
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Old 07-29-2012, 06:58 AM
 
Location: On the border of off the grid
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Yup, if I make a mistake and someone honks at me I reflexively wave and mouth "I'm sorry". And then if they are still gesturing angrily I roll down my window and innocently ask "seriously, you never mess up?"
People seem to really get embarrassed then.
You're cute! However, that sure wouldn't fly in NY! If someone is honked at in NY, the typical response is a thrust of the middle finger, which usually further enrages the honker to then tailgate the honkee. Common exchanges include:

"Where did you get your license? SEARS?"

"Get the F off the road you dumb b--ch!"

and ....

well, you get the picture.
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Old 07-29-2012, 10:47 AM
 
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You're cute! However, that sure wouldn't fly in NY! If someone is honked at in NY, the typical response is a thrust of the middle finger, which usually further enrages the honker to then tailgate the honkee. Common exchanges include:

"Where did you get your license? SEARS?"

"Get the F off the road you dumb b--ch!"

and ....

well, you get the picture.
This just reminded me of my drive down when I was moving here. The only complete idiot I ran into on the road was in NY. I was in the right hand lane, going around 10 mph over the speed limit, when a trucker decided to tailgate (not an 18 wheeler, just a bigger truck). There was no one in the left lane, so he could have easily passed me on the left. I moved over to the left lane so he wouldn't hit me. The trucker was taking the next exit and gave me the finger as he was going down the exit, and I responded back with the same. Most people in the north are in a big rush to get nowhere, which used to drive me crazy!
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