Bring Back the Wave
THE UNPLEASANT TRUTH
is that most drivers, regardless of age, have experienced road rage. Whether it’s on a highway, in a car park, or just in and around our local area, we are all vulnerable to the fury of another driver’s bad temper and lack of self-control. In ‘Road Rage’ (page 32), we set out to find why it happens and what we as drivers can do to protect ourselves. One expert we spoke with gave us some helpful insights into how countries around the world are responding to the problem. Another researcher emphasised the importance of ‘good car karma’, such as giving a little thank-you wave when another driver lets you in. This got me thinking – when you drive through a rural district, it’s common to get a friendly wave from a passing farmer or local. That’s just what you do – you acknowledge friends and strangers alike in a gentle, uncomplicated way. Maybe if we did more waving of hands, and less honking of horns, the growing incidence of road rage would ease down to a polite halt. Just a thought.