Improve manners

I am perfectly in agreement with the letter regarding the standard of driving on our roads. In a country such as this where the terrain is flat and the roads for the most part straight, I see no reason why motorists should not follow the simple rules of good driving.

What many motorists do not realise is that good manners go hand in hand with good driving; for example dimming one’s bright lights for oncoming motorists, or not driving with the bright light on when not necessary; that where there is much water on the road, to slow down for pedestrians on the sidewalk; splashing them is both bad manners and bad driving. In other words give consideration to other road users, which amounts to a fundamental creed of Christianity, and that, is ‘Do unto others as you would have them do unto you.’

I find that one of the most annoying habits of drivers on these roads is tailgating. So many drivers do not seem to know that they are to keep at least two car lengths behind the car in front, and even more according to the speed. I very often drive along at the permitted speed limit and look in my rear view mirror to find a car following me so closely that should I come to a sudden stop there would certainly be an accident. Experts have put forward several remedies for this type of driving; firstly manipulate your rear view mirror so that the offending driver becomes aware that he or she is being watched, and that something about his or her driving is being scrutinised; this causes some of them to back-off. If this does not work accelerate away from him to a safe distance them slam on your brakes thereby causing the car behind to brake while you make sure that he does not slam into you. Thirdly if that does not work then decrease you speed considerably so that you are either overtaken by the offending driver or they back off. I think that it is generally accepted that women are the safer drivers and yet I find that eight out of ten tailgaters are females; I often wonder why. Most tailgating seems to take place on thoroughfares such as Walkers Road where the maximum speed limit is 30 MPH and the average speed of the motorists at least five miles per hour in excess of this.

Kipling Douglas