WHEN we owned Snowy, a long-wheelbase Land Rover Defender, one of the unwritten rules was that you flashed your lights at any other vehicle of the same species coming towards you. It was one of those little pleasantries of life that cheered me up.
London would come to a complete standstill if drivers didn’t let other cars turn from side streets in front of them and, happily, this kind act is almost always greeted with a wave of gratitude. Our natural politeness keeps the capital on the go. Why then do a significant number of people in the countryside fail to observe this same common courtesy? Dog walkers, cyclists and horse riders all benefit from cars slowing down to pass them. It’s simply safer and all it requires is a little wave or a nod of acknowledgement to keep everyone happy. It’s an investment in your future safety.
However, in the days when I was riding a lot, I could predict with almost unerring accuracy from the make of the car whether it would slow down or not. White vans were the worst, but it may not come as a surprise that the happy drivers of the Defenders were the best.