Five things courteous drivers do

RACV RoyalAuto magazine

The way we drive is regulated by law, but there’s more to safe and friendly roads than the road rules.

Courteous drivers…

Know that getting around is a team effort. They keep in mind all road users, including pedestrians, cyclists and motorcyclists, and allow others to merge or change lanes easily.

Know where they’re going. They plan their journey so early decisions can be made to change lanes or make a turn.

Are aware of what is going on around them. They check mirrors and read the road ahead to help keep traffic flowing.

Stay relaxed but focused. They concentrate on their own driving, knowing that many aspects of a trip are out of their control.

Expect the unexpected. They’re aware that we all make mistakes sometimes. Another road user might forget to indicate, or look to see that you’re nearby. If you’ve anticipated this may happen, you’re ready to take action

They also:

  • Keep a minimum two-second gap from the car in front, whatever the speed. In rain, fog or when there is poor visibility, they double this to a minimum four seconds.
  • In slow traffic, they keep intersections clear to allow vehicles on side streets to cross or turn.
  • Keep left on multi-lane roads unless they’re overtaking or about to turn right.
  • Use their horn as a warning only, not to vent frustration.
Written by RACV
December 18, 2017

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