Missed Manners: Top Four Driving Etiquette Tips

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Five o’ clock traffic can cause some major stress and road rage. But when you find yourself behind the wheel, it’s important to remember your driving etiquette. Possessing the proper driving etiquette techniques will not only keep you safe on the road, but will help others to drive safe around you. Take a look at these four basics:

Turning Signals

When you’re switching lanes, it’s polite to put on your turning signal to let others know that you will need to get over. If you’re making a turn, using your turn signal will help drivers behind you to brake accordingly, that way they will be prepared to slow down and won’t have to slam on their brakes.

Plan Accordingly

If you know that your turn or exit is approaching, make time to get over, and don’t rush to get into the turning lane last minute. This is especially important if you are driving on a busy street or highway with multiple lanes. Cutting across multiple lanes of traffic can be complicated, so the more time you give yourself to slowly get into your exit lane, the less dangerous your driving will be.

For Fast Drivers Only

Generally the left lane is known as the passing lane, so if you’re planning on driving slow, stay in the right lane. It’s improper etiquette to hold up the left, fast lane by driving slow. To keep with the flow of traffic, choose the proper lane to drive in. If you are driving in the left lane and a car behind you gets too close, or starts tailgating, return to the right lane and let them pass.

Tailgating

Sometimes you’re just really, really running late for work, but tailgating is not the answer! Tailgating is when a vehicle drives very close to the rear end of the vehicle in front of them. Doing this could be a driving hazard! If the vehicle that you are tailgating slams on their brakes, you could easily hit them. Keep a proper distance from the vehicle in front of you, or just choose to pass them in a different lane.

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