Etiquette is what makes Vancouver stand out from the rest of the world, and it doesn’t stop on the road. Highway 1 is notorious for drivers fighting to jump ahead in a Darwin-style of survival. But even if you’re late to your best friend’s wedding, never forget to wave to the car behind you.
What I’ve noticed in Vancouver from the rest of the world is the level of etiquette in our city. Why would we want a guide to waving you ask? Even when we live busy and fast lives, taking that extra second to display etiquette keeps the general attitude positive and keeps conflict to a minimum. So to keep with this tradition here’s your guide to waving on the road:
- When merging in front of a car that gave you the right-of-way, wave.
- When a car gives you the right-of-way to cross as a pedestrian, wave.
- When you accidentally cut someone off, own up and wave.
- When stopping in the road to parallel park, wave. And use a turn signal.
- When realizing that you didn’t see the light turn green, wave.
- If you just want to lighten up someone’s day, wave.
- And when you see a gorgeous piece of ass, wave.
Remember, waving is all about acknowledging. It gives everyone a warm fuzzy feeling inside. So do what keeps Vancouver great and wave!