Whatever happened to good old fashioned courtesy on our roads?
The Courtesy Driving Code
It seems everybody is out to get everybody else these days and that’s just weekend driving, the week day rush hour is nothing less than a war zone. With everyone in a race cutting up other road users and driving so close to the car in front you would think they were being towed; it’s outrageous.
The manner in which people conduct themselves on our roads today regardless of age is a concern, especially if you are a classic car enthusiast. Let’s face it, if your pride and joy just so happens to be a little slower than somebody’s Vauxhall Corsa, surely there’s no need for them to make a big song and dance about it.
As a classic car owner myself, I’m sure many of you have been in a similar situation perhaps when you’re taking a leisurely drive on a country B road, and Mr BMW is literally foaming at the mouth to overtake you. Or perhaps you’re cruising uphill, and a queue of angry road hogs are sounding their horns in an unprovoked attack on your ear drums!
The point being that driving should be a pleasure and for many classic car enthusiasts, it still is. There’s way too much stress in life as it is, so isn’t it time we all just relaxed behind the wheel regardless of what we drive? Very often within many car enthusiast groups you’ll see one driver pass another with the same car and wave or acknowledge them accordingly. Shouldn’t we all be a little more courteous and respectful?
Heritage Insurance fully support this as happy drivers make safer drivers, if you’re angry or stressed you are more likely to rush or to be impatient, and this may cause an accident. Take a look at The National Campaign for Courtesy’s “Courtesy Driving Code”, this may help you or indeed other road users to have a more pleasurable journey in future.
The Courtesy Driving Code
Share the road safely
Give yourself time and space to react to the mistakes of others. Always leave a safe stopping distance between you and the vehicle in front.
Keep calm, show restraint
Every journey brings a risk of frustration and conflict. Be patient. Do not sound your horn or make a gesture in anger.
They are not out to annoy you
Most aggravating moves by other drivers are unintentional. We all make mistakes, be patient and accept that the action was not directed at you.
Do not compete or retaliate
If someone’s driving annoys you, do not try to ‘educate’ them.
Be patient in traffic
Do not push into traffic queues. If you wait and clearly signal what you want to do, other drivers will usually let you in, but they do not like being forced into doing so.
Set an example to others
Do not hog the middle lane on a motorway.
Give way at busy junctions
Do not queue-jump in traffic jams at roads works; look in the mirror and signal in good time before you carry out any manoeuvre.
Put yourself in the position of the other driver
The things that annoy you such as ‘tailgating’ and ‘cutting-in’ annoy the other driver too!
Say ‘thank you’
Courtesy encourages co-operative safe use of the road. Get into the habit of giving a wave to say thank you.
Apologising to the other driver when you make a mistake avoids confrontation and helps defuse anger.