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Old 15th October 2020, 15:33   #316
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Default Considerate Driving - Some points to think about.

Hi All,

While most of us practice safe driving, I thought it would be a good time to discuss the concept of considerate driving. A few days ago while driving to work someone cut me off in order to make a turn, the road was empty behind me, he could have waited for me to pass and then made his turn but the driver decided to risk his life and mine just to save 2 seconds. It made me think, are we considerate towards others on the road or is it just about saving those 2 seconds?

While safe driving is trying to protect yourself and the occupants from harm, considerate driving involves being considerate towards others on the road, who are sharing the same space as you.

Disclaimer: Considerate driving is very easy to preach, but very difficult to embibe, just sharing some examples to make you Think about being "Considerate" the next time you are out for a drive.

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1) Right of way - The concept of Right of Way in India is all about whichever direction I am driving becomes my right of way. For e.g. People merging onto a main road do not wait for the oncoming traffic to pass or a good considerate driver (a very rare find) to give way. While taking a U-Turn, drivers try and butt-into oncoming traffic. Many examples of such behavior can be shared. We should respect the right of way and also be considerate enough to yield to someone (whenever possible).

2) Driving at a high speed on the side of the road (to overtake from the left), spewing mud and debris behind you. While you may feel like a rally driver, those behind you, especially two wheelers and cyclists are left with a cloud of dust to deal with. Think about those behind you before attempting such a maneuver.

3) Giving way to emergency vehicles, while this is a law now, but preempt this, if you see an emergency vehicle 5-6 vehicles behind you, start moving aside, don't wait for them to come right behind you before you make your move. Your few minutes of pain might save a life.

Parking

1) A lot of people with the concept of "It will just take 5 minutes" end up double parking or blocking someone else’s parked car. Majority leave their car in Gear or with the hand brake up. If saving your 5 minutes is important to you, they are equally important for the person you have ended up blocking.

2) Parking in reserved parking/someone else's allotted parking. If you don’t have an option, atleast leave your number on the dashboard/let a guard know. Someone can get in touch with you.

3) Parking in front of someone’s house or gate. What if the person in the house has an emergency and needs to move out as soon as possible.

4) Parking on the footpath, walking path etc. Majority of our country’s population cannot afford even a cycle. We should be considerate towards those walking to their destination.

5) Parking by occupying more than one space, parking in a spot which causes inconvenience to others e.g. Parking at a cut/corner of the road where vehicles need to turn/turn around….you get my drift.

Honking

Indians love the horn, it is the third most used part in a car after the accelerator and brake.

1) Honking like a maniac in a residential area, honking late at night/early in the morning.

2) Honking near/inside hospitals, nursing homes.

3) A lot of people honk at pedestrians to warn them from behind. Exhibit a bit of patience and let them through, especially elders/mothers with babies/children walking on the road, a lot of people do become aware of a vehicle approaching and move out of the way naturally. Horns sound much milder inside the car than on the outside.

4) Honking at someone who has stalled their vehicle/bike, especially at traffic lights. Honking is only going to make them more nervous and delay the whole restarting process further, give the person a few seconds, they are not stalled in the middle of the road as a personal preference.

Pedestrians

1) While it is not always possible, however, when possible, please try and yield to pedestrians who are trying to cross the road, especially those who are using a formal point to cross like a zebra crossing, or an earmarked crossing. It might cost you 30 seconds and you might not get a thank you or even a smile. But take it as your good deed for the moment and drive on.

2) A lot of people consider pedestrians as nuisance. Many times I have seen people start speeding towards pedestrians when they are trying to cross the road, not only is this dangerous, but can lead to a serious accident if either side ends up making a judgement error.

The above list is neither exhaustive nor complete. Just some thoughts and examples put together. Please do let me know what you think and if this post made you think about being more considerate.
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Old 7th December 2020, 14:48   #317
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Hi! Great advice from everyone. I would like to add one bit.

This is regarding use of windshield wipers while driving. People should check for traffic and pedestrians around the vehicle before using the wipers. It splashes a lot of water on people who are near your vehicle. This is in addition to the fact that it obscures visibility and damages windshield if the water is not spread evenly.
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People should check for traffic and pedestrians around the vehicle before using the wipers. It splashes a lot of water on people who are near your vehicle. This is in addition to the fact that it obscures visibility and damages windshield if the water is not spread evenly.
If there is that much water on the windscreen, anybody around is going to be soaked already. Not a problem I have ever had or seen. Nor have I ever heard of windscreen wipers damaging the glass, unless they are used dry on dirty glass (the dust will be abrasive) or have grit caught in them.

Windscreen washer, yes. I accidentally squirted a passing biker once. He accepted my apology with a laugh .
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