Art has often complained that (mostly YOUNG) women drivers often do not show simple courtesies like allowing somebody into their lane while driving. I told him he was generalising too much. Therefore, lately he's been pointing it out to me and you know what? I hate to say it, but it's true. Also, guys are more apt to wave to thank you for letting them into your lane. He also wanted me to add that young women tend to not let him cross the street at intersections when he's out running.
Why do you think this is?
I'm thinking girls' psyches are usually ingrained into being wary of strangers. Meeting a stranger's eyes to thank them on the road might be scary. Girls might also have the expectation that gentlemen are expected to let them into traffic, but that they should be allowed to go first and not let anybody in.
That's my excuse for my sex. It may not be the best excuse but a probable (reasonable?) explanation.
I think people are often conditioned to be a certain way. Teachers are conditioned to meeting people's eyes and being friendly. My kids were always surprised (occasionally rolling an eye or two?) that no matter where we travel I would bump into a teacher and would start having friendly conversations.
Art's doctor, within 10 minutes of his first visit asked, "Are you an engineer?"
Although I'm always in the passenger seat, I'm going to wave THANK YOU to every kind driver I see.