Drivers lack manners: AA
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.
Police encouraged drivers to keep a level head behind the wheel.