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Waving at someone when they let you merge - Do you do it?

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  • 29-03-2014 9:03pm
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    Registered Users Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭


    I was on another website earlier and discovered that for a lot people outside of Ireland the idea of waving at other drivers, or even expecting a wave, when you merge is all a bit stupid and nothing but an ego trip for all involved.

    As far as I'm concerned, if some chap stops to let me merge in front of him, I always make sure to give him or her a quick wave or a toot of the horn as a way to say cheers. Sometimes I'll even flick on the hazards lorry-driver style if I was busy changing gear or whatnot on the way out. Either way, I always try to acknowledge when someone does their bit to keep the traffic moving.

    So, Boards, do you do the same? Or do you consider all this waving and "Thank You" craic to be another one of societies pointless social norms?


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  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,533 ✭✭✭Donkey Oaty


    So, Boards, do you do the same? Or do you consider all this waving and "Thank You" craic to be another one of societies pointless social norms?

    Doesn't hurt to be polite. I do it all the time, even though I travel only on bus and train and occasionally taxi.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 504 ✭✭✭Zed Bank


    I was on another website earlier

    :O


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,506 ✭✭✭Titzon Toast


    Yep, I always acknowledge if someone has let me in ahead of them.
    There's nothing worse to me than if some ignorant ****er doesn't give you a nod back out of courtesy. It's nice to be nice.


  • Registered Users Posts: 9,166 ✭✭✭Fr_Dougal


    Always wave or acknowledge being let out, it's the mannerly thing to do.


  • Registered Users Posts: 43,028 ✭✭✭✭SEPT 23 1989


    women never let you out:D


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  • Registered Users Posts: 216 ✭✭burstbuckle


    women never let you out:D

    Thank you. I've been saying that for years


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,380 ✭✭✭geeky


    Recognising small kindnesses doesn't cost anything, and lets people know that it's appreciated. I do it all the time. I try not to look for acknowledgement when I let someone out ahead of me or whatever, but it's usually given. As painful as Irish roads can be, a lot of drivers have a baseline level of politeness, and I that's a very good thing.

    Then again, for an agnostic, I have a ridiculous belief in Karma, particularly when it comes to driving.

    OP, were you looking on Mumsnet? Because that place is basically a vial of middle class, home counties, Tory-voting poison.


  • Registered Users Posts: 20,433 ✭✭✭✭kneemos


    Usually mouth sucker at them.


  • Registered Users Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭Sound of Silence


    geeky wrote: »
    Recognising small kindnesses doesn't cost anything, and lets people know that it's appreciated. I do it all the time. I try not to look for acknowledgement when I let someone out ahead of me or whatever, but it's usually given. As painful as Irish roads can be, a lot of drivers have a baseline level of politeness, and I that's a very good thing.

    Then again, for an agnostic, I have a ridiculous belief in Karma, particularly when it comes to driving.

    OP, were you looking on Mumsnet? Because that place is basically a vial of middle class, home counties, Tory-voting poison.

    It was Reddit that I was looking at, specifically this thread.

    Apparently it's a very touch subject!


  • Posts: 50,630 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    women never let you out:D

    I regularly let people out.

    I always thank people who let me out.

    *checks boobs*

    Uh huh. Defo a woman.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,192 ✭✭✭Sound of Silence


    It's like thanking the postman for delivering your letters!

    Hey, wait a minute, I do both those things! :eek:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 4,436 ✭✭✭c_man


    Even as a passenger I wave.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,642 ✭✭✭MRnotlob606


    kinda like how we thank bus drivers on buses , A German girl I know told me the other day they don't do that in Germany. I think its common courtesy to do as you are entrusting the bus driver with your own safety


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 2,117 ✭✭✭Rasheed


    I do, I'm a woman and fcuk you if you don't.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,802 ✭✭✭beks101


    I hate rude w@nkers in cars.

    Earlier today I got the middle finger from some fat middle-aged b1tch because my taxi driver stopped for 10 seconds to pull in and drop me at the side of the road - leaving plenty of room for her to overtake. Put me in a bad mood for the day.

    Rudeness is never acceptable but especially on the fcuking road, it puts me in a homicidal rage. I think some people are just born w@nkers though and determined to inflict their miserable existence on the world/road


  • Registered Users Posts: 3,654 ✭✭✭AllGunsBlazing


    I don't wave but I do acknowledge them with a nonchalant nod of the head. :cool:


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 8,061 ✭✭✭keith16



    *checks boobs*

    *Butthead laugh*


  • Posts: 50,630 ✭✭✭✭ [Deleted User]


    beks101 wrote: »
    I hate rude w@nkers in cars.

    Earlier today I got the middle finger from some fat middle-aged b1tch because my taxi driver stopped for 10 seconds to pull in and drop me at the side of the road - leaving plenty of room for her to overtake. Put me in a bad mood for the day.

    Rudeness is never acceptable but especially on the fcuking road, it puts me in a homicidal rage. I think some people are just born w@nkers though and determined to inflict their miserable existence on the world/road


    You don't normally rant beks. That was nice and ranty :D


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,449 ✭✭✭Call Me Jimmy


    I am genuinely shocked to learn that this isn't a universal human practice. It's just a quick lift of the arm or overzealous mouthing of 'ta very much'


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 3,263 ✭✭✭Gongoozler


    I think it's silly and unnecessary. If you want to let someone off etc just do it and don't moan about them not giving a little wave. And the hazards really annoying me, that's not what they're for.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 1,501 ✭✭✭FullblownRose


    I was on another website earlier and discovered that for a lot people outside of Ireland the idea of waving at other drivers, or even expecting a wave, when you merge is all a bit stupid and nothing but an ego trip for all involved.

    As far as I'm concerned, if some chap stops to let me merge in front of him, I always make sure to give him or her a quick wave or a toot of the horn as a way to say cheers. Sometimes I'll even flick on the hazards lorry-driver style if I was busy changing gear or whatnot on the way out. Either way, I always try to acknowledge when someone does their bit to keep the traffic moving.

    So, Boards, do you do the same? Or do you consider all this waving and "Thank You" craic to be another one of societies pointless social norms?

    Ego trip
    ? What nonsense! Yeah I will always wave or stick the hazard lights on for a moment if possible. It's recognition for another persons act of kindness, fgs. Is verbally thanking people an ego trip according to these people?

    On the other hand I don't pay heed to whether i get a wave or anything if i let someone out, obviously not everyone would have the chance to in busy traffic, or if reoccupied or they just might not think to do it but to make a big deal out of someone trying to convey thanks and calling it an ego trip is messed up.


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 941 ✭✭✭Ciderswigger


    c_man wrote: »
    Even as a passenger I wave.

    My mother does this, it annoys the shít outta me.


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,380 ✭✭✭geeky


    Gongoozler wrote: »
    I think it's silly and unnecessary. If you want to let someone off etc just do it and don't moan about them not giving a little wave. And the hazards really annoying me, that's not what they're for.

    Most drivers don't know what the hazards are for. In fact, most of them seem to think it's a magical button that lets you do whatever the f*** you want in a vehicle.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,431 ✭✭✭cml387


    Gongoozler wrote: »
    I think it's silly and unnecessary. If you want to let someone off etc just do it and don't moan about them not giving a little wave. And the hazards really annoying me, that's not what they're for.
    Often use the hazards as a thank you. Where is it written exactly what they are for?


  • Registered Users Posts: 2,380 ✭✭✭geeky


    It was Reddit that I was looking at, specifically this thread.

    Apparently it's a very touch subject!

    Wow. I'm always amazed at the internet's capacity for connecting angry, angry people.


  • Registered Users Posts: 35,524 ✭✭✭✭Gordon


    or overzealous mouthing of 'ta very much'

    Good luck with the book.


  • Registered Users Posts: 8,449 ✭✭✭Call Me Jimmy


    ah suck a lemon


  • Closed Accounts Posts: 1,115 ✭✭✭asteroids over berlin


    The rules of the road (driver)instruct: not to wave/hand up etc etc

    Are you guys familiar with the "fast" lane on the motorway?


  • Registered Users Posts: 12,089 ✭✭✭✭P. Breathnach


    women never let you out:D
    So, just fire in a sexist generalisation in a discussion that has nothing to do with gender issues.

    And, further, it's just not true.


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  • Registered Users Posts: 5,063 ✭✭✭Greenmachine


    The rules of the road (driver)instruct: not to wave/hand up etc etc

    Are you guys familiar with the "fast" lane on the motorway?


    Incorrect you are permitted to acknowledge someone letting you out but you are not permitted to beacon another road user. They may not check the rest of their surrounding and think everything is clear because you have said so. Believe it would make you partly culpable if they got hit by another road user.


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