Good manners the first step to road safety

Road safety expert says a good driver is courteous and patient




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One of the best ways to be a safe driver is to start by simply being courteous to other road users.

Road safety expert Neil Worth from GEM Motoring Assist says he’s disappointed that the rather simple message and philosophy is often forgotten in road safety strategies.

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“Just about anyone can learn to parallel park or follow a sat-nav,”

“But we believe a key component to a lifetime of safe driving is attitude, and in particular how to treat fellow road users.

“Drivers who implement our core values of courtesy, care and concentration on all their journeys are almost certain to experience reduced stress levels and fewer road rage incidents, meaning an altogether safer road environment.”

Tips on how to be a courteous driver:

  • Be more forgiving of other drivers
  • Keep to the left unless you’re overtaking
  • Remain alert and keep an eye on your mirrors
  • Move forward so other cars access the slip lane when traffic is stopped
  • Leave space for easier merging of other vehicles
  • Don’t cut in front of trucks, particularly when coming to a stop
  • Give pedestrians and cyclists plenty of space
  • Use your indicators
  • Put down the phone
  • Give a thank you wave if someone lets you in
  • Don’t be distracted at traffic lights, possibly holding up people behind

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Got any other tips on how to be a courteous driver? Is there a behaviour/habit on the road that other motorists do that makes you upset?

Let us know your thoughts in the comments section below.

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