4 good manners to be nice on the road

Oct 20, 2017 | Same topic: Let's drive smart!
Keep calm and be a good driver!

To be nice when driving is a key factor showing your own personality as well as enhancing your safety on the roads, frankly speaking. Many drivers, however, often ignore some minimum essential politeness like thanking other commuters for giving way or more simply, parking your car properly.

We all learn how to be good and treat others well at home and at school, so why don’t we apply what we’ve learned to driving on the roads? Take a look at our article and hope that you will find the way to become a great driver. 

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1. Park properly

Parking properly is the first thing you need to remember to become a good driver in the parking lot.

Do not park in the reserved space as it's not for you, surely. It’s very disrespectful and rude if you take the parking space of others and it’s even worse if you fight against someone else for it. Please, try to be as neat as possible, especially in a crowded parking lot.

Also, pay attention not to park and block the way for disabled people.

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Cars in a parking lot

Parking properly is the first thing you need to remember to become a good driver in the parking lot

2. Say "thank you" when another vehicle gives way 

This is a basic etiquette that we have been taught since an early age. Thanking or using facial gesture to show attitude is a normal way to respond when other drivers help and show their kindness to you. So don’t hesitate to do that whenever you can.

A man waving his hand from a car

Thanking or using facial gesture to show attitude is a normal way to respond when other drivers help you

3. Don't be reckless 

Everything has its price, so does the recklessness. Even it might cost a life!

Speed limits are essential for safe driving and as a result, are imposed for all vehicle to reduce incidents resulting from overspeeding. Don’t forget that you're not the only person to suffer from consequences of an accident, your passengers and other commuters on the road are also likely to be innocent victims of your recklessness. Hence, think of others and stop being selfish.

A scared driver

Respect speed limits to save your life and others'

4. Be attentive to people outside your car

Again, bear in mind that you’re not the owner of the road, so be kind to others outside your car in order to make a better driving environment. By positive actions such as not stopping at the pedestrian lane and giving signals when changing lanes, we believe that you'll get a good impression of others on the road.

On the contrary, some bad behaviors like excessive honking or overspeeding can trigger aggressiveness in others and lead to road rage and even potential disasters. So if you’re in bad a temper, try to take a deep breath and talk politely in a calm manner to avoid unnecessary arguments.

An angry driver

Some bad behaviors like excessive honking or overspeeding can trigger aggressiveness in others 

In conclusion, being kind is the key thing to remember when you're behind the wheel. You don’t spend any penny if you’re acting nicely to other drivers. People tend to reflect others. In other words, if you be nice to others, they will be nice to you. If you smile at them, they will smile back to you. But if you talk impolitely and aggressively, they might talk in bad temper in return. Easy, right? Thus, always be nice on the road!

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