• Adrian Fedyk

**** P is for Patience ****


It is said that patience is a virtue, and this is certainly true when you are driving.


Sadly, incompetence, bad manners and aggression seem to be commonplace on our roads, but there is no excuse for this type of behaviour when driving.


You shouldn't let bad driving behaviour by other motorists lead to conflict. If you do, you are well on the way to an accident.


Be prepared to make allowances for someone else's mistakes. In everyone's interest, try to ignore their behaviour.


Don't:

  • Drive in a spirit of retaliation or competition

  • Use aggressive language or gestures

  • Try to teach other road users a lesson, even if they have caused you an inconvenience.


Do:

  • Keep calm

  • Show restraint

  • Use sound judgement.


There is no better lesson than a good example.


Learner Drivers


Be patient if the vehicle ahead of you is being driven by a learner. They may not be so skilful anticipating and responding to events as a more experienced driver.


Don't:

  • Drive up close behind

  • Rev the engine

  • Become impatient if the other vehicle is slow to move off, anticipate that they may stall

  • Overtake only to cut in again sharply.

Expect a learner to make mistakes and allow for them. Don't harass them, learners may not take the action you expect and remember it takes them longer to do things. Don't forget that we were all learners once.


Drivers who have recently passed their test may be displaying a green 'P' plate or other warning sign.


Older Drivers


Although they have the experience, their reactions may be slower than other drivers, Make allowances for this.



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