Nobody likes rude drivers. Somebody tailgating you or speeding around you to cut you off can ruin anyone’s good mood. September is recognized as National Courtesy Month, which is why we will share some tips on how to be a more courteous driver.

  • Don’t hang out in the left lane. On most two-lane highways, the left lane is supposed to be used only for turning left or passing slower traffic. In fact, here in New Jersey, it is a state law that the left lane is reserved only for these purposes. This means, even if you’re driving 5mph over the speed limit, but still holding up traffic, you are breaking the law and need to move over.
  • Zipper merge. This is something we probably all need to work on. This type of merging is when two lanes are merged together to form one (think construction on the highway). The way many of us do it is by slowing down and merging sooner. This causes unnecessary traffic jams. If you see a “lane closed ahead” sign, you should stay in your current lane as long as possible and then like a zipper, alternate with the other lane into the open driving area.
  • Don’t tailgate. Leave space between you and the car in front of you. This will give you more time to react in case there are any sudden changes and prevents you from being a jerk.
  • Stop rubbernecking. The curiosity inside all of us just can’t resist looking at accidents or people pulled over on the side of the road. But, to be courteous to those involved and the drivers around us, we should all stop doing this. Not only does it cause backups, but it can lead to even more accidents.
  • Use your turn signals. If you’re going to turn or change lanes, give everyone around you some notice and switch on your blinkers.

Do you have any other courteous driving suggestions?

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