Driving Manners For Drivers

Whether you’re driving to work or running errands, there are certain courtesy rules that drivers are expected to follow. They can make a huge difference to the overall experience of driving and may help keep you safe on the road.


Drivers can get into trouble if they break these unwritten rules of the road. They can also endanger others and cause traffic problems.

Lane Changes

Lane changes can be a dangerous maneuver if you do not take the time to check your mirrors and make sure there is enough room for you to change lanes. Drivers should always signal their intention to change lanes a few seconds before actually doing so, and then proceed with caution and speed.

When changing lanes in the fast lane, you must be aware of vehicles that are approaching from behind. It is important to give these vehicles the right of way as forcing them to slow down can cause them to crash into your car.

In lane changes with other traffic, you must be sure to communicate your intentions far in advance of changing lanes and then use your turn signal to indicate that you are moving into the new lane. Also, be aware of vehicles that are attempting to pass you from the rear, such as trucks or tractors.

During lane changes, drivers should look at their side-view mirrors and their blind spot to ensure that there is space to safely move into the new lane. Be sure to check the road markings that separate your lane from the adjacent lane you wish to merge with as well.

While driving at a slower speed than the vehicle in front of you, you may need to move into the left lane if there are no other vehicles in the right lane or if there is an open gap in the road. When you do move into the left lane, be careful that there is enough room for you to pass the slower vehicle and to clear the right lane before turning on your turn signal again.

The SV sideswiped a POV while making a lane change and nearly struck it in the forward- and rearward areas. This defines a lane-change sideswipe event as any event in which the striking vehicle cuts in front of (i.e., changes lanes with little clearance) the POV and strikes or nearly strikes its side or closest rear corner, or performs an unexpected lane change to avoid an unforeseen forward crash threat.


The ability to slow down quickly and safely is one of the most important skills for any driver to master. It is not only safe for yourself and other road users, but also prevents costly accidents and keeps your vehicle on the road longer.

The best way to avoid slamming on the brakes is to take the time to practice and learn how to use your brakes correctly. Besides the standard braking system, your vehicle is equipped with a variety of safety systems to help protect you and others on the road.

One of the most popular safety features is a traction control system to help you steer smoothly on the road. Another feature is anti-lock braking, which uses sensors to stop your car from skidding on the highway.

As a fleet operator, you will want to make sure your drivers understand the importance of good braking and what it means for their personal safety as well as those on the road behind them. The biggest reason you see hard braking most often is when drivers miscalculate a curve or lane change.

A good rule of thumb is to slow down well before you need to, and to keep your hands on the wheel as you do it. There are several ways to accomplish this: stomp on the brakes, use cruise control, or activate the emergency braking feature of your vehicle if you have it. The most important part is to train your drivers so they are using the proper braking techniques for the task at hand.


Taking a turn is one of the most important skills for drivers to master. This skill can help you avoid collisions and get your vehicle to where it needs to be quickly and safely.

Before you make a turn, signal your intent by using the proper turn signal. This signal will warn other drivers of your intention to move into a new lane, exit a roundabout or pull away from a curb.

You also must check the traffic ahead, behind and to the side of your vehicle before making a turn or lane change. This is especially true for left turns, as it can be dangerous to run into oncoming traffic when turning left.

When preparing to turn, move into the lane that is closest to the direction you want to travel. This is particularly true if the road you are turning on has more than two lanes.

Be sure to look well in both directions to see if there are pedestrians, motorcyclists or moped riders that may be in your path. You can also use your rear view mirrors to check for obstacles.

A parked vehicle or other obstruction in the first available lane on your right might cause you to have to make an extra wide or long turn. To avoid this problem, position your vehicle near the center of the street, and check the lane markings to see which lane is free of a parked car or obstruction.

If you have to make a wide or long turn, keep your speed as low as possible and brake smoothly. This will ensure that you don’t lose control of your vehicle in the turn.

In addition, keep your steering wheel straight until you’ve actually begun to turn. This will prevent a vehicle crashing into your rear from pushing your vehicle into the lane of oncoming traffic.

In the beginning, try to practice turning in a parking lot or other area that is empty of traffic and pedestrians. This will give you a chance to practice these skills in an environment that will help you develop them more easily.


Parking is an important aspect of driving, and a lot of people spend time looking for it. There are many ways to park, including angled parking and perpendicular parking. However, it can be hard to know which is the best way to park for your situation.

The type of parking you choose can have a big impact on how you drive, both in the short and long term. There are some simple etiquette rules you can follow to make the whole experience safer and less frustrating for others.

For example, when reversing into a space, it is important to leave enough room for other cars to enter and exit the space safely. If you stop too close, someone could potentially be hit by your car.

Also, if you see someone else parking in the space you want, be sure to leave a bit of space on either side for them to pass. This will avoid a potential collision or other accident.

You can also use an indicator to let other drivers know you are going to park in a certain space. This will help them plan their route and reduce congestion in the area around you.

Using an indicator is especially useful in angled parking, where there are only two directions to enter and exit the space. This means that you will be able to leave the space easily and quickly when you are done, while still keeping the other cars and pedestrians around you safe.

Another etiquette rule is that you should always return your shopping cart to the store. This is a common courtesy that protects other vehicles and respects the employees at the store.

It is also important to remove your trailer hitch receiver if it hangs out of the space you want to park in. This can be dangerous to other people in the parking lot and may even cause you to crash.

In order to understand how searching for parking affects driving, we used an instrumented vehicle and head-mounted eye tracker to measure the effects on drivers’ physiology, workload and glance behavior. We found that participants experienced an increased perception of workload and exhibited a number of corresponding behavioral changes, such as lower speeds and shorter off-road glances (Engstrom et al., 2005).