harleyquinnical: I thought it was just a common courtesy to not run over people. Are those who don't thank the drivers going to be fined?
bunner: Up next, a new line of Hallmark cards to thank people for bathing and wiping their ass.
ktybear: If a car stops for me on a pedestrian crossing I always acknowledge them with a nod or a 'thank you'. I think it's just polite, and I think it helps for 'next time'But I'm living on the outskirts of Sydney, not Miami, so I wouldn't know what was normal for them.
edmo: I always give them a little thank you wave. I want to encourage that type of behavior.
FrancoFile: edmo: I always give them a little thank you wave. I want to encourage that type of behavior.You also have to do the 3-step trot. You can't just mosey across the road.
Night Night Cream Puff: Living in the heart of suburbia I find that rich white people are the worst when it comes to stopping for pedestrians in crosswalks. We even have signs at nearly every crosswalk saying "State law to stop for pedestrians in crosswalks" or somesuch, but people blow through them without a second thought. Even cops. They want us to thank people for stopping? Hell no. If you see a Merc, BMW, Audi, or Lexus coming down the road you cross at the risk of your own life.
jakomo002: FrancoFile: edmo: I always give them a little thank you wave. I want to encourage that type of behavior.You also have to do the 3-step trot. You can't just mosey across the road.I'm in Montreal, which is dangerous for pedestrians (and cyclists).I use the old "make eye contact and make sure they see that you see them seeing you".And then nervously eye the hood or the grill of their car as you hurry past.
MarkEC: When driving or walking, the best SOP is to act the way you would want other people to act if the roles were reversed. If a car stops for you at a crosswalk, walk briskly and don't waste that driver's time waiting for you. If you are in a left turn lane at a light, move as quickly as is safe so the line of cars behind you doesn't get stuck at the light. Put your turn-signal on BEFORE you use your brakes when approaching your turn. Do not be over-the-top courteous by stopping when making a left turn so the driver on the side street can make a left turn in front of you unless traffic is already slow, you may get rear-ended by surprising the driver behind you. Unexpected stops cause accidents. If you are in a spot in a parking lot, don't be the statistical asshole that purposely makes the driver waiting for the spot wait an additional 10 seconds for you to pull out. It all comes down to situational awareness and common courtesy.
harleyquinnical: Okay, you have a point about geography playing a part. I forget that the Seattle area is marginally less polite than Canada.
Lettuce Pray: I'd like to extend this to all drivers anywhere. I wish there was some kind of anti-horn, or "good-job" horn. Every once in a while a driver does exactly the right thing (yielding the passing lane on the highway, for example) and I want to say thank you, but I'm always afraid that any gesture I make will come off wrong.
SpdrJay: I wait until I get safely across the street and flip them off...
theflatline: I will tell you why people drive like shiat it in Miami. And it ain't the snowbirds because they are too scared of the brown folk to winter their anymore, except for a few stalwart old Jews.The problem is that the majority of the population in Miami is Latin American and either learned to drive in Latin America or was taught to drive by someone in Latin America.So you have legions of people who do not pay attention to stop signs, speed limits, traffic signals, traffic laws or basic common courtesy when out motorvating.
Churchill92: I've never met worse drivers than in Miami. I was at a stop light and when the light turned green they started honking. These people have the reflexes of drag racers in order to see that shiat changing so fast. Of course that forced me to creep slowly through the stop light until it nearly turned yellow causing massive road rage behind me. Fark 'em, lay off the horn and don't be a douche canoe.
Rueened: When pedestrians pay road tax, they can use the road. Until then, they can stay on the sidewalk.
Winterlight: The most powerful I ever feel is waving pedestrians to walk in front of my car. "Go forth, and trust that I will not kill you."
tampaflacouple: If you are going to thank the driver, please be sure to know what language they speak BECAUSE no one in Miami speaks English.
opk: Rueened: When pedestrians pay road tax, they can use the road. Until then, they can stay on the sidewalk.Not that I want to be "that guy" or whatever, but, the gasoline tax is only a small portion of a highway departments funding. A lot of it, especially at the local level, comes through property and sales taxes.
Ker_Thwap: Churchill92: I've never met worse drivers than in Miami. I was at a stop light and when the light turned green they started honking. These people have the reflexes of drag racers in order to see that shiat changing so fast. Of course that forced me to creep slowly through the stop light until it nearly turned yellow causing massive road rage behind me. Fark 'em, lay off the horn and don't be a douche canoe.You don't see any problems with your behavior? You're going to punish everyone behind you because one guy toots his horn? What a paragon of virtue you are.
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