Is the courtesy wave necessary?

Courtesy wave
We’ve all been there, spending what seems like hours battling with stop start traffic, only to have someone cut you off and squeeze their way into the non-existent gap in front of you.

Giving way to fellow road users and not being shown an ounce of appreciation can really grind your gears (pun intended), showing appreciation to your fellow road users with a courtesy wave is the sort of road-side behaviour we should all resurrect from the dead.

In which circumstances should I use a courtesy wave?

The courtesy wave can be used in a variety of situations such as:

  • Between cyclists, pedestrians or fellow drivers when showing gratitude for courteous behaviour,

  • When merging lanes and a fellow driver makes space for you on the road,

  • Driving on narrow roads and allowing oncoming traffic to pass,

  • When apologising to fellow drivers for incidents such as accidentally cutting off another driver or other self-fault incidences,

  • In acknowledgement of other drivers in the same vehicle, such as between motorcyclists and Kombi drivers.

Is the courtesy wave changing?

Some may consider the courtesy wave antiquated, but we believe that you shouldn’t leave this driving etiquette behind. Technological involvement to track roadside behaviour, can be seen with websites such as MyRoadWaves, a Canadian company which allows you to track ‘waves’ online, following which city behaved in the most courteous manner. With options to select roads from truck drivers, cyclists, truck drivers, motorcycle waves, waves from construction workers, pedestrians and bus drivers, alternatively, it also gives the option to catalogue if you get in a negative dispute with a fellow motorist, pedestrian or cyclist and where the dispute occurred.

A courtesy wave can go a long way

Although the courtesy wave isn’t a legal requirement, utilising it can positively affect the tone of driving and improve the general mood of fellow motorists and road users. So consider bringing back the wave, use it and see the positive mood shift that you can contribute to in our community!

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