Does courtesy on the road still exist?

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Have you noticed a slow eradication of basic courtesies amongst many road users? Just think back to the last time you let a vehicle pass in the opposite direction on a busy road. Did you get a thank you?

Does road rage seem more prevalent than ever? Have you been on the receiving end of aggressive or angry behaviour by another driver, including rude gestures, verbal insults, deliberately driving in an unsafe or threatening manner?

Is everyone in such a hurry that impatience behind the wheel is more common place? Do rude drivers drive you mad?

Or do you still find that other drivers say “thank you” when you let wait for them or give way when you don’t have to?

Are you a considerate driver or do you find it easy to lose your cool behind the wheel?

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Does courtesy on the road still exist?

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31st Jul 2015
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Courtesy does no longer exist because rules of the road seem not tobe taught properly when learning. Simple.
26th Jul 2015
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yes but it never gets reported
20th Jul 2015
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I'm a very considerate driver, I always stop to remove bits of boy scouts from my radiator grill whenever I plough into a group of them crossing the road. Mind you, they can be a devil to get out of the treads of 4x4 tyres.
18th Jul 2015
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It seems to more on local roads. The motorways are a different situation as everyone is always in a hurry. Yesterday an elderly gentleman was stabbed to death in a road rage incident. People need to calm down before they get behind the wheel and not treat the roads as their personal space.
19th Jun 2015
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In this day and age most of us are in a rush to get from A to B possibly because we lead much busier lives than previous generations. i.e. dropping children at school then hurrying to get to work and trying to cram something or other in to our every waking minute! We should all take time to slow down and chill. 🙂
Pete H
16th Jun 2015
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I think that courtesy still exists. I drive through the country lanes in Devon and generally people are courteous, waving in thanks for waiting or reversing to the nearest passing space. With only a few impatient idiots who think that they own the road!!
31st May 2015
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The general standard of driving is getting worse and reflects a lowering of people's standards in general. I used to drive a fair bit for a living but am glad that I don't do many miles now. I find that many of todays drivers appear to have no perception that there is anyone else on the road and it reflects the ' me me me' generation. How many of us would pass a driving test if we had to take it again? I think everyone should have to resit a driving test every 5 to 10 years, it would be a moneyspinner for the Government as well.
Philip PM
29th May 2015
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Interesting to see the current poll result. My own experience is that courtesy is still widespread and frequent, and courtesy begets courtesy. At the same time, bad behaviour on the roads is much more commonplace than formerly.

Whether this is caused in part by the massively increased number of road users is debatable, and could probably have been foreseen, with the increase in population and the resulting clogging up of our roads for much of the time.

Bad practices are easy to spot, and are probably down to the usual combination of selfishness, indifference and carelessness. Don't think it's particularly age-related, nor gender-related, all sports of folk seem able to wind you up if you let them.
25th May 2015
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I try to be as courteous as I can on the roads and still get annoyed on the few occasions that I forget to indicate. There is so much lack of care on the roads with regards indicating and you need to keep your eyes and brain engaged when driving.

Some of the worst culprits are lorry and van drivers and it is difficult to remember when hgv drivers were classed as "knights of then road" Foreign lorries especially left hand drivers are amongst the worst. However there are an increasing number of oder drivers who clearly only venture out occasionally and are clearly lacking in confidence and drive at 20mph on all types of road causing frustration and getting all elderly drivers a bad name.

I think we should all be made to retake a test at 60 and every 10 years afterwards to keep us up to date and to check on our bad habits.
25th May 2015
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I think it would be a good idea if at least one driving lesson was learning the art of courtesy towards fellow drivers. It would be nice to think even experienced drivers would take the same lesson voluntarily, I'm sure it would give us all a feel good factor.
People do not have any courtesy at all. No indicators are used any more. People are always trying to get car spaces ahead of you and you have to think for them. People on bikes or motor bikes have no courtesy at all.
29th May 2015
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Sadly a lot of the Europeans are bringing their bad habits with them. In Malta for example Ihave noticed no signals given. The French & Italians are terribly aggressive drivers, and as for cyclists, why aren't they not taxed if they insist on special lanes ? Perhaps £15 per year to pay for them. Insurance would be a good idea too.
24th May 2015
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I think most people are quite courteous on the road
Big sadie
24th May 2015
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Nobody seems to use indicators anymore
22nd May 2015
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A sad fact of motoring these days is no-one appears to have 'time' to get anywhere at a decent speed. It is rush, rush, rush! If you get in their way or, heaven forbid, stick to speed limit, then beware!
19th May 2015
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I find that lots of drivers and cyclists just behave in a really selfish way. They pull out of roads without signalling or looking, never look behind them and if you do let them pass they just go and take it for granted. The awful thing is that it just makes you not want to bother and I have to keep telling myself I can't go down to that level! So I keep saying 'thank you' and waving and now I've started waving at people who don't say 'thank you' - I get some quite hilarious reactions to that! Mainly a look of shock and incredulity! Maybe I should get a camera and start taking pictures 🙂
18th May 2015
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The UK remains the most courteous country on the road. I am always getting cheery waves of thank you even from "White Van man" drivers
18th May 2015
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Yes I think courtesy still exists in the UK on the roads as I always thank people when they let me pass etc. I have travelled a lot and you only need to go to France or Spain to see how bad mannered drivers are out there. I went to India a year ago and took my life in my hands on the roads. Constant beeping, shouting and people cutting us up. When I got back to dear old Blighty and drove it was heaven!!

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