When you think about etiquette, you probably think about your parents making you write thank you notes after a birthday party or deciding who you needed to invite to your wedding. There are rules of etiquette that apply to nearly every aspect of life, including when you’re in the car.
In honor of National Courtesy Month in September, here are a few driving etiquette tips straight from Emily Post, and remember that when it comes to driving, good manners equal safety.
- Eliminate distractions. Do not use your phone, eat, put on makeup, or do anything that limits your ability to react to the road.
- Drive the speed limit. While speeding is aggressive and dangerous, driving too slowly can cause traffic issues as well.
- Use your turn signals. We’ve all driven around people who seem to forget their car is equipped with turn signals. Don’t be one of the drivers. Signal when you’re turning a corner and when changing lanes.
- Leave some room. Make sure there is enough room between you and the car in front so you could stop safety, if needed. Use the 3-second rule as a general rule.
- Wear your seat belt. Whenever you drive, always buckle up and insist that your passengers do, as well.
By being a more courteous driver, you will also be a safer and better driver, too.