I’m pretty sure I could string all of my deleted texts posts into a pretty long novel. It would be very whiny and definitely full of waaaay too much information about my personal life, but if nothing else, it would be a substantial work.
I have often wished for this universal hand signal. Like the anti-finger…how about we put all of our fingers up /except/ the middle one when we want to apologize to someone in a nearby car. Sound good? OK Good…
In 1999 someone proposed waving with 4 fingers and no thumb as the gesture of anti-road rage. I couldn’t find anything following up with their findings on its effectiveness.
I’m also partial to the “d’oh!” facepalm gesture, but it’s hard to indicate that you’re directing the facepalm at yourself in these cases.
I try to look so stricken by my own stupidity that I hope the person I’ve wronged goes from feeling angry to pitying me. That method has worked well in a variety of non-driving situations as well.