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Driving Etiquette

Found this article on Chevrolet.com and felt it was worth sharing! I can speak from personal experience when I say that road rage isn’t necessarily caused by a lack of restraint of my emotions, but rather a reaction to people who cut you off and go 15 mph below the speed limit, stop suddenly and for no apparent reason, or simply drive carelessly or recklessly around you. So i ask myself, and encourage others to do the same.. how is your driving etiquette?

Ideally, the road is a considerate, friendly place—drivers happily allowing each other to merge on a crowded highway, making room for cars to take that left turn in the middle of a long line of traffic and yielding to pedestrians when they’re trying to cross the street. Sounds a little too perfect, right?

Putting our dreams aside, considerate drivers are the unicorns of the travel world (except for you, obviously, for you are the ultimate master of the road and everyone else should have their licenses revoked). Even so, say you wanted to brush-up on your standard driving etiquette—not that you need it, of course. Here are a few ways to mind your manners on the road.

1. Let people merge.

The amount of time it costs you to let someone merge in front of you on the highway is probably no more than five seconds. Don’t tell me you’ve never spent 20 minutes circling a parking lot to find “the perfect spot.” You can spare the five seconds. And spare it you shall. Those five seconds will make your fellow driver’s journey less stressful, which will make conditions on the road for everyone around you much safer.

2. Remember: The left lane is for passing!

While you may not be in a hurry, there are likely drivers on the road who need to get where they’re going as soon as possible. And it’s basically a proven fact that one of the most annoying types of drivers is the slow poke gumming up the works in the left lane. If you’re less living life in the fast lane and more of a slow rider, keep in mind that not everyone else is in enjoyment mode—some are getting down to business, trying to get to where they’re going. It’s Driver’s Ed 101, though you may have forgotten: The left lane is the passing lane. So keep in the right lane unless you’re passing, and the people who gotta do what they gotta do will appreciate you for it.

3. Yield to pedestrians.

Look, this isn’t a romantic comedy. Accidents happen, and they will most likely not result in the star-crossed meeting with the love of your life. You’re more likely to find yourselves in front of a judge. Even when pedestrians are totally taking advantage of that stop sign you’re stuck at, they still have the right of way. Walkers and drivers can coexist wherever there’s mutual respect. Acknowledge them with eye contact or a wave, and you’ll be on your way before you can say, “My lawyer will get in touch.”

4. Be extra mindful of your driving when you have a passenger in the car.

Whether you’re just joking around or being plain irresponsible, no one wants to ride shotgun with someone who makes them feel unsafe. (Speaking of safety, did you know that the Chevy Cruze was the first car in its class with 10 standard air bags, and even today, no car in its class offers more*?) My dad has a slew of optical illusions up his sleeve that make driving with him feel like you’re starring in a Final Destination movie, so I feel like I’m an expert on this one. When you’re the driver, your passenger’s life (or your backseater’s life) is in your hands. No fast, sharp turns, no speeding, no cutting people off. Take care of your passengers—they may not say so, but they’ll certainly appreciate you for it.

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Stephanie Georgopulos is an editor at Thought Catalog. Her work has been featured on McSweeney’s Internet Tendency, The Awl, Gizmodo, The Next Web, Refinery 29 and elsewhere. Email her at Stephanie@thoughtcatalog.com. See original article at http://www.chevrolet.com/culture/article/rules-for-driving.html

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10 Essential Tips for Good Driving Etiquette

In a perfect world, the road would be a relaxing place where no one was ever in a hurry and everyone drove considerately.  Unfortunately, we all know that this is not the case, but it never hurts to strive for perfection.  Next time you’re behind the wheel, keep in mind our 10 tips below for friendly driving etiquette.  Not only will your commute be safer and stress-free, but you may just inspire a fellow driver to pay it forward.

1. Merge smart.  If someone is merging in front of you on the highway, slow down and let the car in front of you.  This will make barely a dent in your travel time, but will make your fellow driver’s journey less stressful, and keep the road safer by keeping traffic moving uninterrupted.  On the other side of the coin, when you’re the one merging into traffic, keep up your speed and ease into traffic rather than stop or slow down.

2. Use the left lane for passing only.  This is probably one of drivers’ biggest pet peeves when it comes to sharing the highway.  Unless you’re passing someone, drive in the right lane and leave the left lane open for those who want to pass.  This will not only keep traffic flowing better, but will cut down on tailgating and road rage from those who want to get to their destinations faster.

3. Yield to pedestrians.  Pedestrians in crosswalks always have the right of way, even when you’re in a hurry, so follow basic etiquette and let the pedestrian cross before you continue on your way.  Conversely, stopping for pedestrians trying to cross in the middle of the road without a crosswalk is not recommended, as it stops traffic unexpectedly and can cause accidents.

4. Don’t multitask.  When you’re behind the wheel, focus on the road, not your cell phone, radio, GPS, eating, makeup, or any number of common distractions.  Your attention to driving is not only courteous to your fellow drivers and passengers, but makes the road an overall safer place.

5. Mind your brights.  When driving at night, be considerate and dim your high beams when an oncoming car is approaching.  The simple gesture makes everyone’s drive safer.

6. Don’t tailgate.  When you’re in a hurry, it often seems like even getting a few inches closer to the car in front of you will get you to your destination quicker.  However, it’s both rude and unsafe to tailgate the car in front of you, and should there be a collision, it will almost always be deemed the fault of the car behind.  Leaving ample space between you and the car in front of you will make everyone’s drive safer and less stressful.

7. Use your turn signals.  There’s nothing more frustrating than drivers who do not use their turn signals to let others know what they’re about to do.  Your signals are one of the best tools for safe driving.  Set a good example for courtesy and safety by putting on your turn signal before changing lanes or making a turn.

8.  Use your horn for safety, not personal expression.  Your car’s horn is there as a safety tool, to alert other drivers and pedestrians in an emergency situation.  Using it to express anger or annoyance toward your fellow drivers only perpetuates rudeness on the road.  Next time you get the urge to honk at someone for annoying you, take a deep breath and remember your etiquette!

9.  Don’t hang out in a blind spot.  Always anticipate that your fellow drivers might not be fully aware of their surroundings and minimize the potential for accidents by avoiding driving in another car’s blind spot.

10. Acknowledge when others are courteous.  Help spread the road etiquette gospel by acknowledging when a fellow driver sends some courtesy your way.  A simple wave when someone lets you in can go a long way in spreading the road friendliness.

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