Check Your Emotions at the Door … of Your Car.
- Being overly emotional, whether sad, glad or mad, can cloud your ability to focus on driving.
- Learn how to let things go on the road. Don’t let another driver’s bad behavior get the better of you.
- Remember when the windows are down, others can both see and hear you.
Share the Road and Parking Lots.
- There is plenty of pavement for everyone, so don’t crowd other cars, bikers or pedestrians.
- Use your signals and avoid abrupt starts and stops, no one enjoys those kinds of surprises.
- Go slow and be alert in parking areas, distracted by hot leather seats and oppressive humidity drivers and pedestrians may not watch for you.
Obey the Speed Limits.
- Guinness doesn’t give records for fastest commute or “beating the traffic.”
- They are the law, not the suggestion. The road is not the place to make up time if you’re running late.
- If a car wants to pass, let them. Don’t get offended if you’re passed by a faster moving car—they’re breaking the law, not you.
Don’t Block the Box.
- Keep traffic moving in intersections. If your entire vehicle can’t make it before the light changes, then wait out the light.
- Stay behind the crosswalk—both pedestrians and drivers traveling in the opposite direction will thank you.
If any of these tendencies struck a chord, go online and take our quiz to find out if you could use a bit more courtesy in the car. Just imagine how many traffic accidents could be prevented and how many lives could be saved if all motorists embodied a more summery and relaxed, easy-going attitude behind the wheel.