Courtesy and respect on the road

As our lives get more hectic, courtesy can suffer. And nowhere is this truer than on the road. Courtesy and respect for fellow road users makes driving more enjoyable. More importantly the roads are safer. Too many crashes are caused by lack of courtesy and impatience.

Drink driving, dangerous driving and road rage are extreme examples of disrespectful driving, but the more common discourtesies that drivers can lapse into - such as slow driving, failure to indicate, or not allowing enough following distance - also lead to crashes.

AA speaking up for motorists

More courtesy will make our roads safer

Did you know?

Red light running is ranked the worst driver behaviour by AA Members.

Society must accept that bad manners and careless behaviour are a major cause of road accidents. More courtesy and care from road users will help improve road safety and reduce the road toll.

Courtesy on the road also involves recognising and accepting some responsibility for the actions of fellow road users. It is about being forgiving and making allowances, recognising that you will benefit when this goodwill is reciprocated.

The AA would like to see more education to emphasise the importance of individual behaviour and personal responsibility on the road, for example guidance on passing lane etiquette and how to overtake other vehicles safely. Also, education that stress and fatigue can reduce concentration and tolerance, and increase the risk of being involved in a crash.

What AA Members are saying

In a regular quarterly survey, AA Members are asked to rank a range of driving annoyances. The results of the most recent survey (November 2017) are ranked below (with 1 is considered the most annoying).

  1. Red light running
  2. Drivers in the slow lane speeding up at passing lanes
  3. Tailgating
  4. Drivers on cellphone
  5. Others not indicating
  6. Slow driving
  7. Temporary speed limits and no workers in sight
  8. Lane weaving
  9. Very loud vehicles

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