Sunday, December 1, 2013

Etiquette for PR XV..Driving manners

If you want to measure the manners of a person', said a well known writer, 'Watch the way she/he behaves at the wheel'. Your roadside manners is a barometer of your consideration for others which in turn can ensure safer roads and longer lives for road users!
There is no dividing line between roadside etiquette and following road rules, which are after all designed to avoid accidents and inconvenience to road users.
Let us take a look at some of the most important ones:
  • Whether as a pedestrian or a driver of a vehicle, don't worry, be happy. Blow away our blues.  Think happy thoughts and be cheerful.
  • Respect the others' right of way.  Slow down at junctions and round-about and avoid taking sharp turns.  Remember the exercise-when approaching a Junction, look left and look right again.
  • Keep an eye on your rear view mirror.  And pull up to the left, making way for the vehicle behind.
  • At traffic signals, be patient when the light turns green. It takes time for the vehicles ahead to start moving.  Continuous honking only increases noise pollution.
  • Honk only if you have to
  • Keep those headlights dim and not dazzle the oncoming driver Dip your lights when you approach an oncoming vehicle.
  • If you are driving a two wheeler, keep to the left lane and do not 'snake' your way between lanes.
  • If you are driving a heavy vehicle, do not 'bully' the two wheelers and push them to the edge of the road.
  • If you are walking, do not make snap decision and change your mind while crossing the road.  This can confuse the vehicle drivers. Cross the road at pedestrian crossings.
  • Indicate your intention to turn, well before you reach the point
  • Do not park you vehicles in front of a gate or a vehicle already parked.
  • Do not 'jump' Traffic signals or violate 'one way' rules.  Both can cause accidents.
  • If you see an accident victim, stop and help, remember it could happen to you too
  • If you hit a pedestrian or another vehicle, do not run...  stay and help.
  • If you have been at fault or otherwise and fear the wrath of people around, drive to the nearest Police Station and report
  • Do not romance while driving
Avoid Driving after drinking