We've all been a victim of another driver cutting us off before. Some of us might even be the culprit that does it. As a result, you might get a middle finger or a displeased look. Of course, you shouldn't take any of that emotion to heart. Some newer drivers have a huge ego, forgetting to share the road with others and be kind to each other. Below are some tips that we consider polite driving etiquette:
- Be alert and pay attention - While this sounds like a no-brainer, it's very important that you pay attention to what's happening around your vehicle. For instance, you don't want to be that driver that sits at a green light due to a distraction.
- Plan to merge and signal in advance - There's nothing more frustrating than having someone cut into your lane unexpectedly. This is also a common cause of accidents and traffic jams.
- Park inside the lines - You practiced parking in driver's ed for a reason. Try practicing at an empty parking lot if you need to refresh your parking skills. Or, if you often park crooked, park away from other cars to allow excess space.
- Be considerate when it comes to your volume - If people outside can feel your base or make out the song that you're blaring through your speakers, it's probably too loud. It can seem inconsiderate and be disruptive.
- Drive the speed of traffic - Traffic tends to flow best when everyone is driving around the same rate. While it may be tempting to outrace everyone else, speeding often leads to accidents. Going too slow can also be just as dangerous. Once you've learned to match the speed of others around you, other drivers will appreciate you.
- Leave enough space between your car and others - It's really annoying when someone is on your tail, so why would you do it to someone else? Leaving plenty of space between your car and the one in front of you can prevent a rear-end accident from occurring.
- Give thanks - Often, a friendly driver will let you pass, give you time to pack up, etc. In that case, it would be nice to provide them with a wave or gesture to say thanks.
Incorporating these practices can not only make your drivers more pleasant, but it can ensure you're driving safely. These changes can start as early as today.
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