Bring Back the Wave

Reader's Digest Asia Pacific - - Editor’s Note - LOUISE WATER­SON Group Editor

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.

Happy read­ing,

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