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The Lost Art Of Courtesy


Today in most of our big cities and towns we can certainly see that stress levels increase as traffic increases on our roads. This is a particularly frequent occurrence in high dentistry areas where traffic increases during peak periods. The peak periods of the day on the roads are 7am to 9.30am and 3pm until 6.30pm.

These peak times usually bring out the worst usually calm individuals. All that aggression and frustration doesn’t really improve the traffic flow but instead makes your journey and the journey of other drivers even more unbearable. We all tend to get frustrated at times because of someone not indicating, pulling out in the last minute, cutting thought traffic and the list goes on and on. Sometimes it’s better to take a gulp of air before reacting and letting that aggression you never knew you had out.

We all want to get to our destination safely without looking into our rear vision mirror and seeing the person in the car behind jumping up and down. So the next time someone does something which seems irrational on the road in front of you, take a deep breath. They might just be having a bad day, and remember it might be you next time doing something irrational in front of another driver on the road.

As part of being a courteous driver it is also good to be aware of cars waiting to pull out of side streets, merging into other lanes and those who just simply want to change lanes. Letting them out and giving them way is always appreciates and helps the flow of traffic and most importantly it often makes their day. And a little wave of acknowledgment is also respected.

Remember the wise words of Greek philosopher Plato, "Be kind, for everyone you meet is fighting a hard battle"


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