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Manners Makes a Man: Why Road Courtesy is a Must

It’s understandable. You got excited when you first obtained your driving license. That feeling of fulfillment when you’re finally allowed to lay your hands on your dream car and drive it to beautiful places will definitely leave you ecstatic. However, you must know that driving is a privilege and not a right. With that, there are important things you need to know to prevent putting yourself and others in danger.

Driving can be both fun and tiring, especially during long night trips. As this activity is somehow stressful due to situations like traffic jams or rude encounters, driving frequently brings out the discourtesy in even the nicest people. But, it doesn’t have to be that way. You can maintain a cool head whatever road conditions you may be caught in. Here, we’ll discuss every road courtesy that every licensed driver should practice.

Good Manners Equals Safety

Good manners and courtesy are something you need to have in every single thing you do in life, and that includes driving. Keep in mind that you’re not the only driver on the road, so you should always be well-mannered.

We’re all aware of the famous line “Safety first.” In line with that, actions that will keep you safe are also courteous acts. Here are some safety reminders you should take by heart:

  1. Never ever drink and drive. This safety measure is a thoughtful and essential act that can save lives. Drinking and driving are one of the leading causes of road accidents based on statistics provided by the World Health Organization.
  2. Wear your seat belt at all times. Insist that your passengers do it as well.
  3. Avoid over and under speeding. Drive at the recommended speed limit provided by your government. Driving too slow and too fast can cause fatal accidents according to the National Highway Traffic Safety Administration.
  4. Use the right signal for your intentions. In an article published by The National, Abu Dhabi has been tagged as one of the cities where people ignore the importance of the orange blinking light, resulting in numerous accidents in 2015. Using your turn is a must as well because it’s your way of communicating to other drivers.
  5. Observe and maintain a safe distance between you and the car in front of you. Tailgating is dangerous and a sure way to bump into someone who suddenly stops.

Special Conditions

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Know every existing law governing safety in driving. One of these is the special condition or specific rule of giving way, especially when you see an emergency light bar flashing or hear a siren ringing. This means you have to get out of the way, so the emergency vehicle can pave through the traffic. In addition, if you encounter a ringing siren or see blue and red flashing lights, pull over to the left until the emergency vehicle passes. If you are pursued by a police vehicle, you must immediately pull over and stop. Failing to practice these rules can lead to undesirable consequences.

A good and responsible driver always follows the rules. Practicing road etiquette also plays a role in getting you to your destination safely. In addition, always remind yourself not to dwell on traffic problems personally. Never harbor anger on an incident as it may trigger a dangerous encounter.