Educating drivers about the proper driving etiquette skills on the road is perhaps the most important deterrent of collisions and accidents there is. Driving behavior makes our roads safer for all who share it. Like all other lessons, the saying “Live and Learn” may come too late. What we need to do as responsible drivers is live by a few basic established rules of roadway etiquette, to decrease the number of safety hazards that are entirely preventable. Read on to find out how safe driving etiquette may even help save not only your life, but lower your car insurance rate.
There are many common driving errors that contribute to many unnecessary hazards on the road. While driver’s education courses focus on the official rules of the road, many fail to address real world driving etiquette. The first bit of advice we can offer is the importance of avoiding “left lane hogging,” which is not an official “rule of the road” but it sure does facilitate movement. Left lanes are designated for passing another vehicle traveling a bit faster than vehicles in the right lanes. If you were not traveling faster than the cars behind you, it makes no sense for you to be in the fast left lane. You should yield to faster cars and move over to the right lanes as soon as you safely can. Nowadays, drivers don’t acknowledge, or remain oblivious to this common courtesy and do not yield. It’s not wrong to stay in the left lane indefinitely, but it is definitely frowned upon. Cars gets stuck or stuck behind you, and increases tension between the cars around you, which can be avoided. If you notice someone behind you speeding up and wants to get past you, let them do so by moving over to the right lane. It’s the safest way to go about “left lane hogging.”
Another crucial driving etiquette tip is that when you are approaching a merge lane, don’t just stop abruptly and pull out into the already fast moving traffic. As driving schools have addressed, hopefully, is that the merge lane is there to give entering vehicles on the ramp a chance to speed up to match the flow of traffic and merge smoothly. When you stop abruptly, you create more risk of getting rear ended and therefore, create a more dangerous situation for those around you, and for yourself. Smooth entry onto the freeway is an essential driving etiquette tip.
Another situation that increases your chances of getting rear ended, and you, rear-ending someone else is by tailgating. We all know it’s not a good idea to follow too closely to a car but sometimes in traffic, we don’t follow through. Whatever the situation is, never tailgate. This means you will most likely not have enough time and space to react to sudden stops. This tip will help lower your car insurance rate too, since getting into accidents — especially if it’s your fault, will only increase your insurance rate. Staying out of accidents is the best way to keep your car insurance premium low. Besides the insurance and economical perspective, tail gating creates an aggressive driving atmosphere, and you can anger the car you are tailgating, which is never a good idea.
Following these basic driving etiquette rules will keep you safer and your car insurance rates down. Why not do what we can to create better driving conditions and avoid accidents, higher insurance rates, and damage to our cars?