I think we can all say we have had experiences on the road that have been less than enjoyable. Drivers often forget their manners when they get behind the wheel of their vehicle. Maybe there is some confusion on driving etiquette. Citywide Towing is here to share some driving etiquette that many drivers may not even know exists. These rules are set in place to keep drivers safe and calm while they are behind the wheel of their car.
Maintain Proper Following Distance when Driving
When you are driving, there should be an appropriate space between you and the car in front of you. This rule is in place for more than politeness. When you follow a car too closely, you run the risk of a rear-end collision if the brakes are used for any reason. Drivers should always be three seconds behind the car in front of them. If you don’t know how to tell if you are keeping a safe distance, set your sight on an object in front of you that the car is passing. Start to count, and it should be three seconds before you pass that same object.
When to Use Low & High Beams
It’s no secret that you can see much better when you have your high beams on. When oncoming traffic is passing by, high beams will blind them and create a dangerous situation. Another consideration is the car in front of you. If you can see the tail lights of the car in front of you, your high beams should be turned off. Similarly, if you see another set of headlights, your high beams should be shut off as well.
Use Left & Right Hand Turn Signals & Car Indicators
Your turn signals are necessary to let other drivers know what intentions you may have while driving. To not use your turn signals can be rude. Sometimes, cars will be waiting to make turns and not know what your plans are. By using your turn signals, other drivers are aware of where you are going and make decisions for themselves more easily.
Give Pedestrians Enough Space
When you are walking across the road, it can be a vulnerable position to be in. Pedestrians should have plenty of space to cross the road in designated areas (crosswalks). You should be at a complete stop and not inching toward the person crossing the road. In many states, if you enter the crosswalk at all while a pedestrian is still in the crosswalk, you can be cited with a violation. This is true even when they are on the opposite side of the road.
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Driving is a privilege that nobody should take advantage of. Treat the other drivers on the road the same way you want to be treated and many accidents will be avoided. In the instance that an accident does happen, don’t forget to call Citywide Towing for all of your towing and roadside assistance needs. We offer prompt service to get you up and running again in no time. Call us today!