Driving with a dose of courtesy can help thwart would-be aggressive drivers. As roads become ever increasingly congested, many things causing distractions, and tempers behind the wheel flaring, there are actions that you can take to help keep your cool and make the roads a little nicer and safer.
How Ya’ Feeling?
Before getting into your vehicle, check your emotions. Emotions can be a hindrance to your ability to focus on the driving task. Being sad, happy, or mad, just let it go. Focus on the thousands of pounds that you are to be in control of as it cruises down the roads in a safe manner. Other drivers can have bad behaviors, but that doesn’t give you license to do the same. Learn to let things go and don’t let their bad behaviors get the better of you.
As a child, I was told to share and, as an adult, I still need to share. The roads and parking lots are not all for one person, other people and drivers use those same roads and parking lots, so do not crowd other cars, bikers or pedestrians, leave some space. A pet peeve of many drivers is when others fail to use signals or make abrupt stops. No one enjoys the surprise of someone switching lanes or turning without some warning, nor do they like the jolt of a sudden stop. Remember to always be alert and proceed cautiously in parking areas, because other drivers and pedestrians may not be watching for you.
It’s Not a Race
The old song “I fought the law, and the law won” is amusing, but when it comes to speed limits set by the government, just obey them. Speed limits are the law, not merely a suggestion. Do not try to make up time if you are running late by exceeding the posted speed. It is not a race for the fastest commute; there are no awards for “beating the traffic.” If a car wants to pass, then let them. Don’t be insulted or outraged if you are passed by a moving vehicle that is breaking the law by driving faster than is safe or legal.
Stay Out of the Way
Do not be the cause of a blocking hazard. Allow the traffic to keep moving through intersections. If your whole vehicle won’t clear the intersection, wait for the light. When approaching an intersection, be sure to stop behind the crosswalk for the safety of pedestrians. Every driver bears the responsibility of keeping themselves and others safe. Do your part. Relax, take your time, buckle up, and keep an easy-going attitude and be courteous and safe behind the wheel.