Motoring corner: "Ethical Driving"

First of all you should always strive to have a positive impact on the environment. Put another way, leave the area in better shape than when you arrived. Never litter the road or the roadside with any form of rubbish.  It is better to have a trash bin in your vehicle rather than throwing trash through the windows of your car.
Don't lose your head at other drivers
Don't lose your head at other drivers

First of all you should always strive to have a positive impact on the environment. Put another way, leave the area in better shape than when you arrived.

Never litter the road or the roadside with any form of rubbish.  It is better to have a trash bin in your vehicle rather than throwing trash through the windows of your car.

Second, respect the rights of others. Realize that the roads and public lands are used by a wide range of folks, including hikers, bikers, campers, and other SUV owners.

At times you will encounter others, some of whom will be on or near the road. Public lands are open to all; no one can lay claim to a specific portion.

Understand that your driving may seem troublesome to others. They should accept your presence, but you must also accommodate them. Minimize noise and the amount of dirt you kick up while driving by.

And for heaven’s sake, don’t get into arguments or fights. If an issue seems beyond resolving, drive away. You may feel like the victim, but in reality you are the winner for taking the high road.

In countries like South Africa, road rage amounts to many deaths that would have been prevented in the first case. 

Finally, encourage others to live by these standards. Become a spokesperson for ethical driving. As you meet other drivers, on the roads or elsewhere, talk about what it means to be an ethical driver, and how they benefit by following these principles.

Help spread this message among other drivers let them know that “real men (and women)” follow good principles.

The driving ethical principles aren’t new or particularly earth-shattering. Driving ethically involves following the rules, including the Golden Rule: Treat others and the land as you would like to be treated.

If you always do the right thing, you can never go wrong. It starts with having the proper attitude. If all of us took this approach, the negative comments from the environmentalists and the media would cease.

And we could count on enjoying our beloved hobby for many years to come.

We should endeavour to understand that, driving is not a sole or lone activity, it is a collective effort.  We share the roads with other drivers, pedestrians, animals and other third parties. 

These roads go through both private and public properties; we require respecting others in order for them to do the same with us (drivers).  Bending a bit for another person does not make you a lesser person but may greatly enhance your image and the way others perceive you.

Much as you may think that you are alone, your actions on the road directly and indirectly affect those of others and likewise.

motoringcorner@live.co.uk

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