Most drivers try to be as nice as possible behind the wheel, but there are several little-known driving courtesies across the United States we should all be aware of. Not only will these tips for driving courteously help you and other drivers to keep your cool behind the wheel, but some may even improve safety.
According to Farm Bureau Financial, one thing many drivers forget is that slower drivers are encouraged to stay in the right lane. That means you should generally stay in the right lane on the highway when you’re not passing another car. While this might lead to more lane shifts than you’re used to, it can help to relieve congestion. If you’re prone to day dreaming and find yourself in the left lane frequently, try to remind yourself to switch over.
Most semi-drivers also adhere to a code when they are on the road. For instance, when two semis pass each other, the one being passed will flash their lights to let the other truck know that it’s safe to get over again. Brake lights are also used to signal “thank you” among the trucking community. If you notice a semi tapping their brakes or flashing lights, they might be trying to tell you something.
Ever wonder when is the right time to use your blinker in town? Many places situate telephone poles strategically as indicators for you to switch on your blinker. If you’re slowing for a turn and you notice a pole before the turn, activate your blinker.
Finally, try to see both headlights of the car you’re passing before you get over. If you can see both in your side mirror after you pass, that means you’re far enough in front to get back over safely.
These are just some of the many interesting courtesies and tips we at Pfeiffer Plainfield Used encourage every driver to be aware of.