New Zealand radio host says Australian drivers are rude because they don’t turn on their lights or say hello when you let them into their lane
- ‘Puzzled’ Australian New Zealand expat drivers won’t turn on their lights
- Sophie Nathan questioned the lack of common courtesy
- Australian road users said the flashing was for speed cameras
A Kiwi radio host who has moved to Australia has been ‘baffled’ by the fact that Australian drivers do not flash their lights or wave when he lets them into his lane.
Sophie Nathan, who arrived in Sydney about a month ago, expressed surprise at the lack of manners on Australian roads compared to her home country.
‘Little question for Australians, how come when you’re driving nobody says ‘thank you’ with the hazard lights?’ he asked in a video that he uploaded to his TikTok account.
‘In New Zealand, if you let someone in, it’s courtesy for them to flick their hazard lights a little, or wave out the window. Nobody does it in Australia.
Ms. Nathan said she had repeatedly given drivers room to merge into her lane and claimed that none had given her a single wave.
Kiwi woman Sophie Nathan (pictured) has been ‘baffled’ that Australian drivers do not turn on their lights or wave when she lets them into her lane.
He added that he has never been offered the same courtesy.
‘Isn’t it a thing here?’ she asked.
Australian road users explained that most motorists wave inside their vehicle and do not turn on their lights.
“We waved – in our rearview mirror, so look towards the center of the car ahead and you should see it,” said one.
Another wrote: “Nodding or nodding is common.”
‘We definitely salute but in the rear view mirror. We never turn on the emergency lights,” added a third.
Australian road users explained that drivers wave inside their vehicle and do not turn on their lights unless it is to warn others of a nearby speed camera. Others noted that waving was more common in rural and suburban areas compared to cities.
Ms. Nathan, who was a radio host in her native New Zealand, moved to Sydney about a month ago.
‘We wave left, next time look at your rearview mirror. You will find the thank you’, said another.
Several users told Ms Nathan that the flashing lights were usually reserved to warn people of nearby police patrol cars that were controlling people’s speed.
“We just flash our lights to warn people of speed cameras,” one onlooker commented.
Others told him that greeting or nodding politely to other drivers was more common in suburban and rural areas compared to cities like Sydney.
Ms Nathan’s has garnered over 42,000 views.