Strawburger wrote:My take on Europe vs Australia is this:
Europeans are more accustomed to living in close proximity to each other. They learn to share the spaces they live in from a very early age, including the roads. They understand the bigger picture and are less self centred.
Yes, in fact in the UK there is an entire "language of cooperation" between most road users. There's the single or double flash (usually indicating that you're giving way to someone or saying thank you to them for letting you in), the left/right/left indicator cycle (to say thank you that someone let you change lanes in front of them), the "dip flash" where you say thank you to someone at night without blinding them by flashing down to dips instead of up to full beam, and in some areas it is still common to single or double flash as a courtesy prior to overtaking on a country road (this lets the driver ahead know that you're about to overtake them and allows them to be ready to slow down if an oncoming car appears).
This language of cooperation is almost entirely absent in Australia, though it would be a useless language to have anyway, when no one is cooperating.