Courtesy is Key
You know that Golden Rule, “Treat others how you would like to be treated?” Well, that applies to driving too. Be a courteous driver just as you would like other drivers to be courteous to you. When you lead by example with your patience and mindfulness, you can actually reduce your OWN frustration behind the wheel, as well as other drivers’ frustration. Follow TrafficSchool.com’s tips to maintain the level of courtesy necessary to drive safely and not upset other drivers:
- STAY OFF YOUR PHONE! Unless it is an emergency.
- If you prefer to drive at a slower pace, move into the right lane. If it’s a single lane road, look for a turnout where you can pull over so faster moving vehicles can pass you.
- When traveling with kids, make sure you have plenty of items or toys to keep them occupied so you can focus on driving.
- Don’t weave in and out of traffic lanes, and when you are changing lanes, always use your turn signal.
- Avoid following other drivers too closely or “tailgating.”
Simple, right? You don’t want to be part of a chain reaction of bad driving because you’re taking your frustration out on the road and on other drivers.
Be the start of a courteous chain reaction instead; the Golden Rule is called “Golden” for a reason! Go for gold!