Driv­ers lack man­ners: AA

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The road code should be up­dated to in­clude an eti­quette sec­tion to turn the tide on poor-man­nered driv­ers on our roads, the AA says.

AA Driv­ing School gen­eral man­ager Roger Venn said peo­ple should ask them­selves, whether their jour­ney was more im­por­tant than oth­ers.

His sug­ges­tion comes after a slew of road rage in­ci­dents including in Jan­uary when a young boy watched as his fa­ther was dragged from his car and punched in the face mul­ti­ple times and, in De­cem­ber, a 93-year-old man was ver­bally abused and in­jured in a road rage in­ci­dent, north of Auck­land.

Venn said an ag­i­tated per­son at the wheel had a rip­ple ef­fect.

‘‘If we all just re­laxed a lit­tle bit, while main­tain­ing con­cen­tra­tion, I think the whole traf­fic sys­tem would flow a lot eas­ier,’’ Venn said.

‘‘There’d be more peo­ple let into queues, there’d be less harsh brak­ing and more gen­tle mov­ing of traf­fic rather than peo­ple cut­ting in or fail­ing to merge.’’

Venn said good man­ners did not come nat­u­rally to all driv­ers which is why he be­lieved it should be in­cluded in the road code.

‘‘There’s space for an ac­tual overt sec­tion on driv­ing eti­quette and how to con­trol emo­tions and how to re­spond to ag­gres­sive driv­ing,’’ Venn said.

‘‘I don’t think that’s par­tic­u­larly re­ferred to strongly in the road code.’’

Mo­torists who were in con­trol of their emo­tions were much safer driv­ers, Venn said.

CHRIS SKELTON/FAIR­FAX NZ

Po­lice en­cour­aged driv­ers to keep a level head be­hind the wheel.

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