Why is everyone on the road becoming selfish, mannerless twats? Road etiquette is receding quicker than Prince William’s hairline.
This morning, a taxi roared up the left lane next to me, like a giant white cockroach, torpedoing its way towards a parked car. The driver hit his indicator and wanted to evacuate via the right lane. Where I was driving.
I thought I’d be nice so I kissed the brakes, quite aggressively, and let the guy in. If I didn’t, he would have been spitting out bits of airbag. And beaded seat covers.
As I watched him slither his way into the gap I made him, I waited for a little wave of gratitude, or a flick of the index finger – anything. But there was nothing. Off he scurried.
Now, normally my attention span wouldn’t accommodate such a thing and I’d promptly get over it. But this morning, I found myself swallowing a lump of anger, washed down with a simmering sense of disappointment. I wanted to imprint my car’s badge into the back of Mr Taxi.
Basically, in Sydney at least, our fellow road users are becoming selfish, mannerless twats. Little flickers of driving etiquette are fading away. Particularly the “thank you” wave. And the way it’s all heading, we’ll soon be punching and stabbing each other instead.
Are people losing their manners on the road, or should I get over it?
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