LETTER : How to signal that you're sorry

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From Ms Kate Rankin

Sir: This morning, driving through my home town, I made a stupid mistake, forcing another driver to brake suddenly. It was entirely my fault, which I was anxious to acknowledge.

Would it not be helpful if there were some recognised sign among drivers to signal "sorry"? We have been hearing a lot recently about "road rage" and apologising in such circumstances might be a simple way to avoid some confrontations on the roads.

My son, who is autistic and cannot speak, touches his lips with his fingers to sign "sorry". Perhaps drivers could adopt the same gesture.


K. Rankin



25 October