AA calls for etiquette to be included in road code
The road code should be updated to include an etiquette section to turn the tide on poormannered drivers on our roads, the AA says.
‘‘People should ask themselves, why is their journey more important than others?’’ AA Driving School general manager Roger Venn said.
It 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.’’
General road etiquette included merging like a zip, indicating in time before changing lanes and keeping a good following distance.
Police encourage drivers to keep a level head behind the wheel.