Keep your cool on the roads
KEEPING cool on the road isn't always about the temperature, sometimes a rude motorist can be the cause of the heat.
After all, not many of those we share the road with on a daily bases know what it is like to travel with multiple tonnes under your control.
The RACQ acknowledged driving was a complex task, which placed varying demands on the driver according to different environments.
They said how drivers behaved could have a dramatic effect on reactions from other road users, so care, courtesy and awareness were all very important attributes of a safe road user.
To counter the aggressive and "me first” driving behaviour, the RACQ promotes a "sharing the road” courteous approach to road use.
- Remain calm and relaxed
- Drive drive defensively and make allowances for errors by others;
- Adopt a "share the road” rather than a "me first” approach to driving;
- Use the horn sparingly and only as a warning device;
- Leave unpleasant encounters or delays in the past and concentrate on the rest of the trip
- Don't try to police other road users' behaviours.
THE MOST CONCERNING BEHAVIOURS
- Drivers who follow too closely/tailgate.
- Motorists who increase their speed when you try to overtake them.
- Motorists who throw litter out of vehicles.
- Motorists talking/ sending text messages on hand-held mobile phones.
- Motorists who incorrectly use indicators eg, indicate too late or fail to indicate at all
- Motorists displaying aggressive behaviour eg, blowing horn, verbal abuse, hand signals.
- Motorists who are not courteous eg, allowing room to merge/change lanes.
- Motorists who do not move over to allow others to overtake.
- Motorists who block intersections.
- Motorists who turn from the wrong lane eg, at multi-lane roundabouts.