How to behave when you are behind the wheel
6 April 2010

Etiquette guide Debrett's has issued a guide to polite motoring in modern-day Britain.

The 47-page book promises to teach drivers the "right and proper way to behave behind the wheel".

Advice includes telling motorists they should open the door for female passengers, ask if the music, and air-con setting is okay and taking a break if you're getting annoyed.

Motorists are also advised not to sing in the car unless they're a pro, make sexist jokes about women or hoot the horn in an angry fashion.

Debrett's adviser Jo Bryant said: "Driving is an area where people often forget their manners and display aggressive behaviour. Being considerate on the road is important."

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6 April 2010

[quote Autocar]Motorists are also advised not to sing in the car unless they're a pro, make sexist jokes about women or hoot the horn ...[/quote]

How about "Motorists are advised not to pull out of a T-junction into a busy road with the expectation that everyone else will slow down and let you in"

Or "Motorists are reminded that an indicator signals an intention to change lanes when safe, not a retrospective press release to confirm that which has already taken place"

Or "BMW drivers are advised that your car does feature indicators. They should be used whenever changing lanes or turning".

Only 47 pages? I am sure the forum could run to more than that!

6 April 2010

It is all very well producing this guide, but can the drivers who need it actually read? They do not seem to be able to read the Highway Code.

6 April 2010

[quote disco.stu]Or "BMW drivers are advised that your car does feature indicators. They should be used whenever changing lanes or turning".[/quote]

This is the hardest part of becoming a BMW driver. I keep forgetting that I don't need to indicate.

It could be worse, if I were a Volvo driver I'd then have to indicate the opposite direction to that I'm turning to....

6 April 2010

'Baby On Board signs - or any other signs, tiny football jerseys, etc - in the rear window are neither clever nor amusing and should be removed forthwith.'

6 April 2010

[quote disco.stu]Or "Motorists are reminded that an indicator signals an intention to change lanes when safe, not a retrospective press release to confirm that which has already taken place"[/quote] Haha or how about "Motorists are reminded that indicator signals should not be used unless changing direction... once change of direction has taken place, indicator signals should be switched to the off position." I really wanna get this book :P

"The creative adult is the child who survived."

6 April 2010

How about signalling somehow to say thank you when someone lets you carry out a maneuver? I findi it so rude when you let a vehicle pull in front of you in a traffic jam on the motorway, then they ignore you! How hard is it to raise a hand to say thanks?!

6 April 2010

[quote disco.stu]

How about "Motorists are advised not to pull out of a T-junction into a busy road with the expectation that everyone else will slow down and let you in"

[/quote]Quite right, this was a fail in the driving exam when I learnt to drive, and I knew a few friends who fell pray to this.

[quote disco.stu]

Or "Motorists are reminded that an indicator signals an intention to change lanes when safe, not a retrospective press release to confirm that which has already taken place"

[/quote]This also should be fail if it is not already. How many times do you see indicators used not to tell you I would like to move into your lane but as a way of telling you I'm moving over now so watch out!

My pet hates are those that try to join a motorway at 40 after travelling down the slip road without feeling the need to speed up to atleast 56 and then wonder why a 40 ton lorry will not let them in!!!!! and those that refuse to acknowledge that you have given way to let them out or past. Why can't they just raise a hand to say thank you? Blo*dy ignorant.

6 April 2010

Excellent. Debretts have come to the rescue on our roads.

We are all guilty of transgression, thus we must make allowances for the vastly varying driving standards we witness everyday in others.

As I've said before, nobody is without error or poor judgement. We're allowed to, we're only human.

Do not forget to doff your cap, at the Lady who has just turned right infront of you with out warning. Take the moral high road.

6 April 2010

[quote Stephen Guckel]

Excellent. Debretts have come to the rescue on our roads.

We are all guilty of transgression, thus we must make allowances for the vastly varying driving standards we witness everyday in others.

As I've said before, nobody is without error or poor judgement. We're allowed to, we're only human.

Do not forget to doff your cap, at the Lady who has just turned right infront of you with out warning. Take the moral high road.

[/quote]Got to be honest when some little oik has been trying to get past me but can't due to road conditions and then finally makes it with hand gestures etc. I end up blowing them kisses, for some reason it makes them worse, can't think why!

6 April 2010

[quote Jon Hardcastle]can't think why![/quote]

Of course, you can, Jon.

We do it to annoy, irk, besmirch and belittle. a true well mannered and mature adult would ignore the insults and take avoiding or remedial action.

Wish I was mature and well mannered and able to take my own advice. That's the problem of only being about half human.

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