QOTD: When Do You Flip the Bird?

Tim Healey
by Tim Healey
qotd when do you flip the bird

Most of the time I am a genial fellow. Laidback. Not particularly quick to anger. Polite towards my fellow man.

Except, on occasion, when behind the wheel.

I’m not saying I’m in a constant state of road rage. Far from it. But sometimes someone pulls a stupid maneuver that directly negatively impacts me — or at least, I think negatively impacts me — and I use a certain gesture to let the other driver be aware of my disapproval.

I am, after all, a Chicagoan.

The most recent deployment of the finger between my ring and index digits took place last week. The details of this particular incident don’t really matter — I will just say, for the sake of brevity, that I was honked at and cut off by a driver more impatient than I, just three blocks from home after a slog back from O’Hare, and I wasn’t in the mood to let it slide with a wave and a smile.

Still, almost every time I deploy the old one-fingered salute — or, on rare occasions, the double-barreled version — I wonder if I am being too quick to the trigger.

So, I ask of you, B and B — at one point to you visually express yourself when another driver has wronged you — or at least when you perceive it as such?

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  • Tele Vision Tele Vision on Nov 08, 2021

    I own enough horsepower to forgo giving the middle finger to most: a downshift; a dab of oppo; and I'm out in front of the dalliance that might have otherwise perturbed me on my commute.

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    • SCE to AUX SCE to AUX on Nov 09, 2021

      Not me; I'd much rather stay behind bad drivers / road ragers than be in front of them. They can own the road if they want to.

  • Boff Boff on Nov 09, 2021

    To be completely frank, I only flip the bird when I'M in the wrong. Which isn't all that often.

    • Sgeffe Sgeffe on Nov 12, 2021

      Back in the day when T-Birds were in NASCAR, I’m sure a few turned turtle as well!

  • Speedlaw Speedlaw on Nov 14, 2021

    Never ever on a public road. For left lane bandits, I'll do the left turn signal, maybe a brief flash to pass. I don't want to antagonize or see you...woad wage is a pointless scenario. I know your cell phone and the drama it is passing to you is more important than the two ton box moving at 70 mph....and don't need to break your glaze....I'll just get a hole, hit the gas, and go. There's a reason I don't own any slow cars. I did flip off a guy who squeezed me out of a corner line at NHMS though, so there's that...