Social norms for driving can be confined into two basic categories. The importance of obeying traffic laws and being a defensive driver. As long as a person conforms to these principles, driving etiquette will be achieved.
Obey the Laws
In order to obey the laws we need to have an understanding of what the laws even are. Considering that there are multiple traffic laws, we’re only going to focus on a few that will improve the driving quality of the public.
There is no such thing as multi tasking. A person that thinks they can text, eat, shave, or put on eyeliner while driving is only putting themselves and others at risk. Although it may seem like a simple task, it takes your attention away from the road and surroundings. According to distraction.gov, distraced driving caused the deaths of 3,154 people in 2013.
The speed limit is there for a reason so follow it. It’s acceptable to go as much as five miles over the speed limit without the risk of a ticket. According to the Nebraska Department of Roads, creating a speed limit requires a meticulous and calculated process. A person that speeds ten miles faster than the speed limit only saves about two minutes for every ten miles. So it’s not worth risking a ticket or lives to speed.
According to the National Safety Council, “motor vehicle collisions are the leading cause of death and injury in the workplace and the cost of a single accident could easily exceed $1.4 million. A defensive driver safety program can reduce risk and keep people safer on the road”.
Be aware of your surroundings and be cautious of other drivers. Always be prepared for worse-case scenarios like cars stopping suddenly, children running into the street, or bad weather. Tailgating causes many preventable car accidents so don’t do it. Avoid tailgating other vehicles to protect yourself from other reckless or impatient drivers.
Understand that people aren’t perfect; mistakes and accidents happen all the time on the road. Don’t let road rage get the best of you! Or you could end up like the man in this YouTube video that unknowingly antagonized Evander Holyfield. Follow these guidelines and help keep the roads a safe place.