You - me, I - you


About the background of flashing lights.

Leonid Sapozhnikov

Oncoming on the highway blinked headlights. Thank's man! And my heart brightened: you’re “on the drum” to your native wife, but you are not indifferent to this flashing light! Although, who knows what is more important for them: to save you from a fine with stress or to annoy a traffic inspector? ..

The question is interesting. I sit down at my computer at home and, on reflection, make up a questionnaire of five questions:

1. Do you blink an oncoming radar ambush? 2. Do you blink all cars or only cars at least at your level? 3. Do you want to see a gesture of appreciation in response? 4. Do you thank the blinker yourself? 5. Do you blink to help a fellow man or to annoy a traffic inspector (in the mixed case, give a percentage)?

Turning on the modem, I send the questionnaire to a couple of newsgroups where motorized compatriots hang out from Brest to Kamchatka.

There were much more answers than expected - about two hundred. I asked myself a job! But curiosity prevailed over laziness, and here are the results (fractional percentages are rounded to the nearest whole).

1. 86% assured that they blink always or almost always.

13% - sometimes: "whenever possible and according to circumstances."

1% - never: there is nothing, they say, to violate (although one of these two admitted that he himself is sinful).

2. 98% say they blink on everyone, regardless of brand (Bogdan L.: “All drivers are brothers! I recently bought a foreign car, but my beliefs haven’t changed”).

2% honk only cars not lower than their level, that is, quite prestigious.

3. 39% want to see a sign of gratitude in response (usually a palm raised to the windshield). “Firstly, it’s nice, and secondly, you see that they understood you, ” explains Roman K.

16% consider this to be “calf tenderness” and “unnecessary sentiment”.

45% chose the option “desirable, but not necessary.”

4. Always thanks for the warning 65% (Nikolai R .: “Even when I am traveling as a passenger”).

Sometimes - 30%.

5% never. Apparently, these are the most severe and consistent opponents of sentiment.

5. How do two motives correlate for blinking people: a desire to help a fellow man and annoy a traffic inspector?

24% defined their position as 100: 0, that is, they are driven by exceptionally good feelings (Igor S .: “The traffic inspector is also a fellow, only specific”).

28% indicated a ratio of 90:10.

30% of these motives weigh equally - 50:50.

The average driver blinks 79% out of a desire to help and only 21% to annoy. That is, we are not so evil today, as is customary to think.

It is curious that the questionnaire caused controversy among the participants: are we doing it right, what are we blinking? Isn't it better that the violators be fined more often - then maybe they would think and drive carefully? The opinion of the overwhelming majority was expressed by my Ural colleague Arkady Kozlov:

- This is correct in a country where signs are monitored. In our case, the blinking of headlights appeared as protection against unscrupulous traffic cops using a lot of unnecessary and irrelevant signs as “feeders”. Such signs bring terrible harm: because of them you begin to neglect reasonable restrictions.