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Road Courtesy

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ROAD COURTESY 101

To Other Motorists:

  • Give proper signals to other motorists. It is very vital to signal your intention of stopping, passing, turning, left or right, or slowing down to warn other drivers.
  • When parking, wait for vacant spaces and give consideration to those who came first. Park orderly to give enough space to those incoming vehicles who would also be parking.
  • Extend assistance to other drivers who happens to have vehicle trouble along the road.
  • Give way to vehicles who would like to overtake your path, although you know that you have the right-of-way.
  • Give proper courtesy to motorcyclists, bicyclists and other road users.
  • Check your distance with other vehicles. Avoid tail-gating.

To Passengers:

Driver’s should always be courteous and considerate to their passengers.

  • Be careful while driving. Follow strictly traffic signs and signals to avoid delay once apprehended.
  • Do not slam your brakes or press your pedals too hard. Your passenger might not be able to hold on and may bump around inside the vehicle.
  • Be sure your passengers have stepped-out of your vehicle safely before starting to move.
  • To taxi drivers, be honest to your passengers. Do not drive with tampered meters and always give them their exact change.
  • Do not smoke while driving.
  • To public utility or for hire drivers, avoid cutting trips.

The Role of Passengers:

  • Passengers should never do anything to interfere with the driver and as much as possible do not distract him while he is driving.
  • In looking for a street name or address, the passenger must assist the driver and do the searching.
  • The passenger must handle the paying or change when approaching or at a toll booth.
  • Passengers should discourage the driver from reckless behavior.
  • If the driver’s decision is impaired by anger, alcohol or by any other reason, the passenger may refuse to ride the car he/she is driving.

Pedestrians:

  • Children: They often forget the dangers of traffic when playing on sidewalks. They run into the street without thinking. Be alert.
  • Older People: They may not see or hear very well and may not move of the way quickly, so give them time to cross.
  • Handicapped People: Visually handicapped people crossing the roads with white cane are pedestrians. The same are for persons confined in wheel chairs while crossing the streets. They should be given the greatest possible caution and attention. When you see handicapped people crossing the road, do NOT honk your horns.

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