How to be a responsible driver
Responsible drivers are so much easier to share the road with
When you become the responsible driver you want others to be, you have already established one of the most important driving habits there is. Taking others into account. Let’s have a look at other ways that you can be a driver that makes the driving experience fun.
1. It’s ok to be late
The roads are not a place to be in a hurry. Let’s be honest, except in life-threatening matters, where you should be in the back of an ambulance, there is not need to be in a rush. We have all warned our kids, “Rather arrive late than never.” It is still true. You do not need to tailgate any one. Do not make being a minute late a matter of life and death.
2. Blinding others are never a good idea
3. Giving other drivers the opportunity to merge
Whether it is on the free way, or on one of the highways, allowing cars to form part of the traffic is a small gesture of common courtesy. You will feel better for doing it. So, being kind and considerate is more about you patting yourself on the back really.
4. Stay in your lane, and keep to the right
Keep cyclists safe by giving them the space required and keep right allowing others to pass left. It is very important to constantly be aware of your surroundings. Do not fall into the trap of driving on autopilot.
When you are at a stop sign, stop. Do not roll forward. STOP.
6. Noise pollution
Being considerate of those around you is such a recommendable attribute to have. It is one thing for the drivers around you to see you and the kids jamming to a song, but totally different when they hear what you are jamming to. Keep the volume of your music so that you can hear in, but not the people in the car next to you.
7. Don’t park too close to others
One horror story that I heard was about this lady who got back to her parked car, to find that someone have parked in such a way that she could not get in to the driver seat. She had to get in through the passenger side. She was so angry that after she got out she actually got out and keyed the offending car. Hell has no fury like a parked in driver!
8. Look after your car
The emissions of your vehicle may cause air pollution but also affect the visibility for those behind you. Regular servicing of your car is also a good budgetary precaution to take.
9. Having things on the back of your ute? Secure it.
Nothing as irritating as things falling off a ute while driving. It is dangerous to both you and those sharing the road with you.
10. Stay behind the white line at an intersection until it is safe for you to go
Always make sure that you will not be stuck in the middle of the cross-section when crossing. A green light does not always mean that it is a good idea to gross, especially when traffic is backed up.