In my honest opinion, the quality of driving has diminished here in Myanmar, a lot of people own cars and can drive however not everyone can drive PROPERLY. If we have a lot of proper drivers then it will decrease the number of accidents and road rage happening on a daily basis.
Here are 10 Road Etiquette Tips for a better driving experience and a Safer Myanmar.
1. Maintain a Safe Following Distance
Tailgating isn’t just dangerous—it’s also disrespectful to all the other drivers. Remember, other drivers have just as much right to the road as you do and shouldn’t have to feel bullied because they’re occupying space where you’d like to be. When you walk down the street, you don’t walk an inch behind other pedestrians; you leave enough room to avoid trampling the guy/girl in front of you— and to get around him/her, if you need to. The same applies to driving.
Try following the 3-second rule as often as possible to maintain a safe following distance. To test, pick an object on the road up ahead, such as a sign. When the vehicle directly in front of you passes it, begin to count. If it takes 3 seconds or more for you to reach that same object, you’re at a safe following distance.
2. Proper Headlight Usage
At night, high beams may be necessary to increase visibility and avoid potential hazards—especially when you’re traveling away from the city. However, using your high beams when other motorists are in sight can be dangerous. It can cause temporary road blindness, as oncoming drivers can see nothing except the glaring white lights coming their way.
Similarly, if you have your high beams on (or you’ve installed extremely bright HID headlights), you can blind drivers in front of you as you come up behind them and shine your lights into their rear-view and side-view mirrors.
If you see another pair of headlights or taillights on the road, make it a habit to switch off your high beams to avoid blinding other drivers.
3. Learn to use your Turn Signals
Using your turn signals lets other motorists know your intentions. If you begin to turn suddenly without signaling, drivers around you may not be expecting it—and it could cause an accident. Using your turn signals before turning a corner or switching lanes is a must.
4. Distracted Driving No-No’s
Distracted driving puts other drivers at risk. To avoid disregarding the safety of others, you should focus solely on driving while you’re behind the wheel.
Things you should try to avoid while operating a vehicle include:
- Phone Calls.
- Reaching for items.
- Applying makeup.
- Operating music devices, such as iPods.
- Brushing your Teeth (You are not Mr. Bean)
5. Keep Your Passengers Safe
When you drive a car, you take on a responsibility for all the passengers inside the car. Whether it’s ensuring children are properly secured in the correct safety seat or practicing defensive driving habits, making sure your passengers feel and remain safe should be your number one priority.
It can be nerve-racking to be a passenger in a car owned by a reckless driver: You’re not the one at the wheel, and essentially you have no control over your safety. Your life is with the driver’s hands. When you’re the driver, be aware of your passengers’ comfort levels. Also, as the driver, you set the environment in the car. Be polite! Ask if everyone is okay with the temperature, volume of the radio, or station being played. On long drives, ask when services areas approach or check in every hour or so to see if anyone needs a break. Be Courteous!
6. Give Pedestrians Space
Pedestrians inside crossing lanes deserve the time and space needed to cross the road safely. Being an impatient driver by inching forward to complete your turn as soon as there’s a foot of space isn’t the right thing to do as you can actually cause accidents if you do.
7. Watch Your Speed
Weaving around slower cars is a dangerous practice. But impeding traffic by going too slow can be just as unsafe. A good example is Rubbernecking.
Rubbernecking—slowing to a crawl to check out an accident—is disrespectful to the victims, a hindrance to those trying to help, and a sure way to cause a traffic backup.
Yes, you should slow down so you don’t endanger anyone, but keep moving.
To avoid and accident or causing a traffic jam, it’s best to go with the flow of traffic—which should be right around the speed limit. Anything significantly higher or lower and you’ll become a hazard to everyone around you.
8. Merging Manners
Merging should be simple and efficient. Stay in your lane until it’s time to merge, then take turns with cars in the other lane to keep things moving. When you’re trying to enter traffic, be sure there’s truly enough time and space.
9. Parking Etiquette
It’s rude to take up two spaces or to cram an SUV or other large vehicle into a space reserved for compacts. If someone is waiting to turn into a parking space, don’t steal it, Don’t be a Douche. Nor should your passenger stand in an empty space to save it. Make sure you leave enough room on both sides for passengers to get out without bumping the adjacent car.
10. Horn Honking
We love to honk our horns with great delight. What is normally used as a means to caution motorists and pedestrians of your presence have become ubiquitous to signify others to “give way,” “start moving,” or “get out of my way!”. Press on your horns only when there is immediate threat of collision with other vehicles, although you can also give a light tap—a quick beep—to signal drivers who are not paying attention to the changing stoplight, or to signal drivers who are driving too close to you. Be also mindful of the “no horns” sign in areas where silence is greatly observed, such as churches and schools. Most importantly, be reminded that blowing your car horn will not clear traffic jams so stop pushing on it every time you are stuck in traffic since it won’t help you or anyone stuck in traffic with you. It just initiates road rage among other drivers who are pressured by both the traffic and your irritating beeping!
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