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Why should I thank you for stopping for me while I cross in a marked crosswalk? You’re obeying the law–no thanks should be expected. And instead of driving around complaining that people don’t wave thanks to you when you obey basic traffic laws, wouldn’t your time (and the station’s time) be better spent reminding people of more important traffic safety issues, such as maintaining a safe following distance, using turn signals appropriately, not using cellphones or other hand-held devices while driving?
While I agree with you regarding obeying the laws of the road, I don’t agree with you regarding using simple and kind gestures. I always thank people for stopping for me as a pedestiran. Maybe I do because a lot of people DON’T stop when you want to cross the street or parking lot of a store. I thank people for letting me in when trying to pull out of a parking lot in my car, and I thank people for moving over when driving slowly on the freeway, so why not give a simple gesture to show your appreciation? When people don’t wave or thank me for letting them pull out of a parking lot when I don’t have to, it makes me feel like I shouldn’t have bothered. They didn’t appreciate it anyway. So, ABINLFP, maybe YOU should consider being more considerate by waving or saying thank you… even if just to spread some kindness.
Your comments, ABINFLP, show what is really missing in people these days around this area. Lack of kindness. No matter the reason, wouldn’t it just be nice? If someone pulls aside so I can go first down a narrow residential street, I give a wave. It would be nice to see it done in return. Believe it or not, in some places people wave just when passing by. A small act of kindness can go a long, long way. Give it a try.
I guess for you, You dont thank people you are one Of those people Who think Of “entitlement ” !!!
No one HAS to say Thank you, its a common courtesy, So if Someone does something that deserves its , you should be NICE enough to give a Thank you to someone ! And THATS A KINDNESS ACT not a LAW!!!
This is normal behavior in the South. We wave for any politeness in traffic. We wave to folks out on their porches. We just like being neighborly, even when it isn’t our own neighborhood.
I’m with ABINLFP–educate these terrible drivers in Seattle on how to drive, not how and when to wave. And he never said he didn’t wave, just that we shouldn’t expect to be rewarded for doing what we’re supposed to do in the first place: obey the law.
I almost always give thank you waves while driving and while walking. I do it to reward good behavior and to reduce the general passive aggressive neurotic angst that abounds.
However, when someone does something illegal or potentially dangerous to let me in, such as stopping in the middle of a road when no law would tell them to do so, I do NOT wave because I want to extinguish that behavior. Too many people here seem to make their own rules of when to stop in a roadway and it is dangerous.
Thank you Kaci. I totally agree with you and fully support Your broadcast. Look forward to more pieces about how a little niceness goes a long way!
It used to be people did wave here in Seattle,when a driver did something nice,we also waited for the walk sign and stopped for pedestrians to cross the street,didn’t lay on the horn the second the light changed, now days I am surprised when a motorist does something nice.
It would be much more productive to teach Seattleites how to drive. For us transplants, the deficiencies are obvious. If you’ve never really driven anywhere else for any length of time, you won’t know what we are talking about.
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