I’d like to bring your attention to more than just defensive driving. The following guideline pertains to the secret of efficiency and safety on our roads: consideration for the vehicle behind you.
Whatever end of these suggestions you may find yourself on, your familiarity with these concepts is the first step to a long overdue revolution. Once you begin to practice these, you’ll find they stick like instinct and not only decrease the levels of road rage around you – they just may prevent them, altogether.
1. situation: 2 forward lanes at an upcoming red light. If you’re going straight, get over so I can turn right on red.
2. situation: you’re pulling out into traffic. If you’re going to be slow, wait for upcoming vehicles to go by before racing to pull out in front of me, only to slow me down.
3. situation: you want to cross lanes to turn left, but you’re incompetent. Just make a right first, and find a place to turn around in. Don’t make me wait.
4. situation: you’re in the left lane and there are cars approaching you. Watch your mirrors and get over for those going faster than you.
5. situation: The car right in front of us flashes red. SLOW DOWN. Those indicate their brakes.
6. situation: the lanes are merging. Figure out where I am and what you’re going to do before your lane ends. Make it apparent.
7. Don’t speed up if someone’s trying to pass you. You blew it, and now you’re putting the other person in danger on top of it.
8. If you’re making a left in the forward lane at all, put your blinker on early so I know to maneuver right, around you.
9. Know the 4 way stop rules. If there is hesitation, communicate and wave someone by, preferably me. (I’d advise you here to just press on the gas, but if you guys did that, we may collide.)
10. Do head checks for the blind spot at the rear-right. Do this every time before you even think about turning the wheel.
11. Don’t make slow left-hand turns that hog the yellow light. I’ll just follow your ass so close that we look like a short train.
12. Don’t block traffic in a parking lot because you want to sit and wait around to see someone pack up their car. Waiting for a (legal) handicapped spot is okay.
Others are welcome to contribute anything I didn’t think of.