What Really Grinds My Gears: People Who Wave as They Cut Me Off

Robert Farago
by Robert Farago
what really grinds my gears people who wave as they cut me off

Allah. I live in a state where turning left in the face of oncoming traffic is such a routine occurrence that drivers on the opposite side of the intersection actually wait to be cut off. Seriously, if someone is stupid or timid or conscientious enough to obey the rules of the road, the driver who didn’t get cut off acts like deer caught in headlights. WHAT DO I DO NOW? You want me to go FIRST? Me, I don’t mind getting cut off when I’m driving. That would be like worrying about the denomination of the bill an attractive woman uses to snort a line of cocaine off your/one’s penis. What’s the point? Besides, the left-turning cutoff gives you a chance to lean on your horn, which is always good fun. But I get furious when someone cuts me off and gives me “the wave.” Who gave YOU permission to cut ME off? Not ME. And they NEVER make eye contact. The “thanks for letting me cuckold you automotively” wave has to be the most arrogant yet po-faced gesture known to man/woman. If I ever shout “ramming speed” down to my right foot, refer the arresting officer to this blog. Or, on second thought, don’t.

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  • Superbadd75 Superbadd75 on Sep 09, 2009

    I get pissed if I don't get a wave. To me the wave is acknowledgement that I'm there, and that they are thoughtful enough to at least feign appreciation that they were let in ahead of me. I hate the douchebag that has a phone in one hand and the steering wheel in the other that cuts me off and then slows down. Clearly they're too busy to be driving, so why are they?

  • JuniorMint JuniorMint on Sep 09, 2009
    To me the wave is acknowledgement that I’m there, and that they are thoughtful enough to at least feign appreciation that they were let in ahead of me. No they're not - if they were even remotely thoughtful, they wouldn't have put 2000 pounds of metal in your way. I should think the bare minimum of "thoughfulness" is having the option to endanger someone's life, but choosing not to. After that point, what you do or do not do with your hands really doesn't change a lot. What The Wave says is, they're aware that they should be thoughtful, but are not. Hence, my response, which is also generally a hand gesture.
  • Jimmy2x Jimmy2x on Sep 09, 2009
    FishTank : Off-topic perhaps (?), but you guys should drive in Portugal. Zipping along in a TDI Polo, weaving in and out with all the other crazies. Drive slow or second-guess and get hit. It is seriously the most fun I’ve had driving anywhere (Paris is second). Or Manila - where a red light is merely a suggestion.
  • Rick T. Rick T. on Sep 10, 2009

    Late to the party but I totally and unconditionally endorse every comment by our dear leader in this thread. And my wife, too!