Update to Courteous Disaster

May 12, 2009

After posting yesterday about the problems with waving people on to go while driving, I actually witnessed it again today.

I was at a 4-way intersection with a light, behind one other car. We were both going left, as most cars do here, but there is no turn light, so you have to wait patiently. Only one car was coming from the other direction and was clearly going to take a right as indicated by choice of lane and blinker. This is a tough situation at times, but in this case, if a car from the other direction is going to take the same turn as you, GO! Why? Because you’re already in the middle of the intersection and that car still has to decelerate in order to maneuver the turn correctly. There is plenty of time to go, but this person did not. Now here’s the funny part.

The car that was coming in the opposite direction, about to take a right, came to a stop and immediately began to wave the person on. It wasn’t a nice gentle wave though, it was a wild waving of the arm about 10 times. This lady, before even stopping, was already frustrated with the car in front of me for not going. She shook her arm frantically in the direction the car should have turned. What this crazy waver didn’t know was that another car was coming in the opposite direction and was continuing straight. So while the crazy lady did her thing, a car was coming and made it impossible for the other car turn take the turn.

I laughed out loud. It was fun to watch.


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