The Well-Mannered Driver

The well-mannered driver

Good driving manners signal a reassuring awareness of other motorists, and an ability to disregard the vagaries of other drivers and rise above them.

Let other cars into the queue in front of you with a friendly wave - a graceful gesture that will only cost you a few seconds.

Give way to oncoming traffic, and always indicate when overtaking. Acknowledging other motorists' gestures will make crowded, frustrating roads seem infinitely more civilised.

Breaking the speed limit is dangerous, but hesitant kerbcrawling
can be very annoying for drivers caught behind you. Be decisive;
if you are lost, pull over and consult a map or ask a passing pedestrian for directions.

Be aware of other road-users and be extra vigilant around
schools and residential areas.

Always give cyclists plenty of leeway, slowing down when you approach them and indicating when it's safe to overtake.

A zone of voluntary courtesy in our increasingly prescriptive road system, zebra crossings should be treated with respect. Drivers should slow down when approaching one, and check for waiting pedestrians, or people who are approaching the crossing.

Wait until they have crossed the road before you move away; never rev your engine as people are crossing the road.

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