This is how Japanese drivers say 'thank you' while driving

Something we can all learn from
by Jason Tulio | Aug 18, 2018


The Japanese are known for many things. Chief among them is their tendency as a people to be polite and courteous. That habit extends to the way they drive.

But it turns out that the Japanese are so respectful that they actually have a whole system just for saying thanks to their fellow drivers. In Japan, whenever a motorist gives way and lets another car enter into their space, the other car turns their hazard lights on for a few seconds as a way of showing gratitude. Watch the video below to see it in action.

Pretty cool, isn't it? Definitely something we can all learn from and imbibe. Now, we're not saying that you should copy the Japanese custom of blinking your hazards lights on the rare instance that someone lets you into their lane over here. That would probably lead to some serious confusion on our less-than-disciplined-streets. But perhaps we can all learn a little something about giving way, being more respectful, and sharing kindness on the road.

However you choose to do it, whether it's with a smile or a small wave of your hand, a simple 'thank you' can go a long way.  

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