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.
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