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Tip No: 24 - Courtesy And Common Sense
Many road crashes could be eliminated if people used common sense and behaved courteously to other road users.

Give way to heavy trucks if you can do so safely. Trucks are more difficult to maneuver than cars, and must shift through a lot more gears to gain speed.

Be courteous to pedestrians at crossovers and intersections. Stop well back so they know what you are doing, and always signal well before you turn a corner.

If you have a car phone use it sensibly. Pull over to place your call, or consider getting a 'hands free set' to free up your hands. Your "vital" conversation could be your last if you ignore normal safe driving procedures.

Anticipate amber lights, don't hit the gas. Slow down and stop.

Don't drive into an intersection if your exit route isn't yet clear. When the lights change you could be stuck, and this could be the start of a big traffic snarl.

Driving can be a stressful business. Relax, be courteous to other drivers, and remember to express your thanks for courtesy provided, by a wave of the hand or a flash of your lights.

And remember, never drink and drive.

This driving tip is from the Partners in Safety booklet, which was published by the Ontario Trucking Association.  Expert instructors of the DSAO have carefully vetted all of these tips.

  Driving Tips
  1-Training Counts
  2-Setting Out
  3-Driving in the Rain
  4-Passing Trucks
  5-Preventing Skids
  6-Handling Skids
  7-Defensive Driving
  8-Backing Up
  9-Sharing The Road With A Truck
  10-Seat Belts
  11-Night Driving
  12-Braking
  13-Regular Maintenance
  14-Biking & Blading
  15-Expressway Driving
  16-Preparing For A Long Trip
  17-Long Distance Driving
  18-Highway Hypnosis
  19-Break Down
  20-Preparing For Winter
  21-The Survival Kit
  22-Winter Driving
  23-Getting Unstuck
24-Courtesy And Common Sense

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