Despite Christmas cheer ringing through the air, it’s sometimes easy to feel a bit ‘bah humbug’ about travelling and driving during the festive period. So, to help motorists avoid the stress associated with winter driving, GEM Motoring Assist has refreshed its ‘Courtesy on the Road’ leaflet.
The road safety organisation and breakdown cover company has published top tips for motorists, including a ‘Courtesy Driving Code’, to help reduce a major cause of conflict on the road: stress. The leaflet also features a checklist to help combat tense situations such as breakdowns, traffic build ups, and noisy distractions.
David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, comments: “As winter presents some of the most stressful driving conditions, including poor weather and increased traffic throughout the Christmas period, now is the time when a courteous gesture can make a real difference. Rather than getting frustrated or angry with other road users, we want to encourage motorists to be patient this winter and show compassion to other drivers. We hope that this newly designed leaflet will help highlight how easy this is to achieve.”
The Courtesy Driving Code:
- Share the road safely
- Keep calm, show restraint
- Remember: others are not out to annoy you
- Do not compete or retaliate
- Be patient in traffic
- Set an example to others
- Give way at busy junctions
- Put yourself in the position of the other driver
- Say ‘thank you’
- Say ‘sorry’
The new leaflet is also backed by long-term partner, the ‘National Campaign for Courtesy’ as part of an ongoing push for courtesy on our roads.
Chairman of the National Campaign for Courtesy, Peter G. Foot, comments: “We are delighted to be supporting GEM Motoring Assist in this excellent campaign, which we hope will help to make our roads safer. Courteous behaviour is a vital ingredient to ensure a better society for everyone, but courtesy on our busy roads could be a matter of life or death and we fully endorse this initiative.”