Why Driving Manners Still Matter
In a shallow, stressful society, the most organic form of expressing negative energy is through a medium way stronger than our own might. When you’re behind the wheel, you get the image of being stronger, being invincible. Your voice becomes the roar of the engine, your speed is your stamina, your swift curves are a product of your agile body.
As much as this image is farfetched and out of place, it’s true. Teenagers are more reckless because they feel they’re stronger when they’re behind the wheel, but the tragic results prove otherwise. Thus it’s true that we have the illusion of thinking we’re stronger as if we’re in a Transformers movie.
Eventually we all reflect our day’s frustrations on the road. Calm personalities may reside on listening to blood-pumping tunes and drifting off with their imaginations, while others seek satisfaction by going berserk on the road and disregarding the safety and well-being of the rest of the nearby cars. A drift from here, going 150km/hr there, manically switching lanes, bypassing cars from the right side, and whatever deviations from the law have all morphed the society into a jungle with no hope on the horizon.
Driving is all about values and respect. In the world we’re in driving in, it’s slowly being eroded just like anything traditional and meaningful in this country. Gladly, there are those people that believe in changing that by simply abiding by their good manners and following the law for that matter. I believe that each of us can make that difference because people are trying to accustom themselves to a sense-less system when in fact the remnants of the older, respectful system still remain.
The Law of Reciprocity
It is in human nature to return the favor for a gesture stemming from the interaction of another human. If you hear a secret from someone, chances are you’ll ‘feel’ you have to say a secret in return. The same applies to many fields, and driving is one of them. See, in my view, all it takes a good gesture while enjoying the music and imagine the world becoming a better place. Stopping at a crossroad would make the other driver ‘in favor’ of the road and he would in turn stop at the other crossroad for another driver, rendering a mini-chain of goodness that would brighten someone’s day and give him hope for the future. Sure, the more good deeds you make on the road, the greater the likelihood of ‘spreading the goodness’.
The law of reciprocity is easily witnessed at night, when the privilege of turning on the headlights is only interrupted by your own conscience. Turning off a blinding headlight will inherently be reciprocated by the opposing car, and boom, the headlights are off temporarily until the road is gone. That’s well-sounded respect for the fellow driver, and a victory of manners over the jungle life. I urge each driver (or passenger, for that matter) to be aware of this and lose some of the ego that halos across the majority of us these days. Drive safe!