Being nice to others is always a good practice, but being polite and courteous makes a real difference when in the car. Think about it. Instead of a driver cutting you off in the middle of rush hour, they would politely signal and safely pass you. The second option seems much more civil and a lot less risky, especially at high speeds. September is National Courtesy Month and we wanted to give you a few tips to help you become a more courteous driver.
How to Be a Courteous Driver
Being a courteous driver keeps our roads safer—and all it takes is a little bit of effort on everyone’s part. You can be a courteous driver by:
- Paying attention to the road, not your cell phone. Or you could end up like this guy, or in a much more serious crash.
- Driving sober. Always. There are too many options out there, like cabs and a friend’s couch. Driving intoxicated is never okay.
- Using your turn signals. The simple flick of your wrist can let people behind you know your intention to switch lanes or turn. And it’ll also make them less irritable when you do it.
- Backing off. Stay at least three car lengths behind the car in front of you. Tailgating won’t make them move out of the way or go faster. If you need to get somewhere, pass the car safely. Or just slow down.
- Paying attention to the speed limit. There’s no reason to go over the speed limit, even if you’re running late. The people you’re trying to get to would probably appreciate it much more if you were a few minutes late rather than injured in an accident.
See, just a little bit of effort can go a long way! Do your part and be a courteous driver and we’re sure the people around you will appreciate it.
In an Accident?
Sometimes, even courteous drivers get into accidents. Don’t worry! Quanz Advanced Auto Body will be there to fix your vehicle right up. We offer full mechanical and collision services to get your car back to the shape it was in before the accident! Come on in and see us today.