Thank you to reader D.W.G., who kindly mailed me Emily Post's Motor Manners: The Bluebooklet of Traffic Etiquette. D.W.G. wrote, "This booklet was published in 1949 and sponsored by the National Highways Users Conference, Inc. My late mother received this, compliments of Esso."
It's a delightful read. Here are the first two pages.
I do love "Behind the wheel of a car, men and women both whose behavior in all other circumstances is beyond reproach, become suddenly transformed into bad mannered autocrats. This inconsistency is certainly one of the unsolved mysteries of our time." And especially of our place, dear Boston.
Notice how bad driving manners are attributed to the relative newness of the technology, just as we blame bad smartphone etiquette on the newness of that gear.
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