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West country driving: an etiquette question for annhig

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We're currently driving round Devon.

At home, it's a grotesque breach of manners to meet an oncoming car in a narrow road and not mutually wave in recognition (or anticipation) of one ceding the right of way to the other. Kind of thing that marks a car down instantly as belonging to a cad or merchant banker

Here, no-one seems to do it. Not just 4x4 drivers who obviously live in Notting Hill, but even people in beaten up mid-1990s cars showing all the hallmarks of local living, sail past without so much as a casually raised right hand. Even if you've reversed quarter of a mile for them. Only tractors who've kept you waiting five minutes or more seem to bother.

And the issue arises dozens of times a day. I acknowledge: the other doesn't. I'm beginning to feel like an American putting a jacket and tie on to go to an English urban church or a London play.

Is this some hidden code to sort out the full timers from the weekenders? Are manners notoriously sloppy in Devon (I'm sure they've got the same code in Cornwall we have at home). Or is the county so stuffed in midsummer with domestic tourists the handful of remaining native Devonians are just frazzled?

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