AA calls for eti­quette to be in­cluded in road code

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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.

CHRIS SKEL­TON/FAIRFAX NZ

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

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