The Death of the Wave
Do you believe in karma? Do a little something good, and maybe a little love will shine back on you. If you give someone the right of way in traffic, you might expect a little thank you wave from the other driver. I know that M.E. if often super-friendly to folks on the road, but when he doesn't get that wave, he gets pissed!
Now in the South, it's common to go through your entire neighborhood- or city, depending on how big it is- with your "howdy" pointer finger poking up from the steering wheel. And if you're really friendly, you give your neighbors a full "hello" palm while still keeping your hand on the steering wheel. Sometimes when you're feeling downright giddy, a full out wave is appropriate like for a girlfriend driving by toting her kids around to swim lessons or to school.
On the way home a few weeks ago, I let someone slip into the long line of traffic. I wondered why I didn't get a wave. Cell phone. Then I noticed that people were not waving for other little traffic/parking lot favors or even in the neighborhood. Cell phone.
So sad that a Southern tradition/symbol has gone down the tubes because people are too busy talking on the phone. It used to be a sign of recognition, hospitality, and friendliness. Now, the wave is going extinct as people find more things to do on their mini gadgets - when they should be driving.
Click here http://cartalk.com/ddc/info/science.php to see
The Science of Distracted Driving
by Nathan John Medeiros-Ward
University of Utah Applied Cognition Laboratory
from Car Talk's Tom and Ray Magliozzi
"The odds of getting into a crash are 4 times higher when a driver is talking on the cell phone. To put the 4-fold increase in crashes in perspective, the odds of crashing are the same when driving drunk (at a blood alcohol level of .08 - the legal limit in all 50 US states). Simply put, driving while talking on a cell phone is like driving drunk (at least in terms of crash risk)."
"The odds of crashing while texting are eight times higher than driving without distraction. That is twice the crash risk of a drunk driver (at a blood alcohol level of .08)! Drivers texting also have difficulty staying in their lane. The data indicate that if you text while driving, you will eventually cause a crash."