Driving Etiquette (Part 3) – Rural Roads

6 03 2009


1. Don’t blind other drivers with your hi-beams.  It’s unsafe and irritating.  This stuff should be common sense.  But still there are people who just don’t seem to realize the difference between the two headlight settings.  I imagine these people driving with vacant stares listening to Ryan Seacrest and not even noticing other cars.  So, when you are close enough to an approaching vehicle to make out both of its headlights, turn your hi-beams off.  When you are close enough to the vehicle in front of you to make out both of its tail lights, turn your hi-beams off.  And as long as we’re talking about headlights, personally, I think those blue HID headlights are annoying and distracting and should all be smashed. 

2. Share the road.  Common sense?  You’d think so.  But there’s always some guy in a VW Rabbit taking his half of the road out of the middle.  Rural roads are often quite narrow.  Ensure you are allowing oncoming cars sufficient room.  No one likes to feel like they have to drive in the ditch.

3. If you’re a slow vehicle, don’t slow everyone else down.  When you’re driving on one of those rural or mountain roads that doesn’t really lend itself to passing and you notice a line of vehicles building up behind you, it’s time to find a place to pull over and let the line pass.




2 responses

7 03 2009
Aunt Lisa

Amen again! Although Uncle Fred has a problem with #1 and I can assure you that he has never listened to nor never will listen to Ryan Seacrest. It will always be talk radio for him :)

5 08 2012
Forest Garden Girl

Absolutely correct on all three points! As to #3, indicate that you will pull over and let them pass, and that tailgater will likely back off to allow you to do so safely. In my neck of the woods, there are very few passing lanes, and tailgating is a way of communicating. And, you should pull over as soon as possible when even one car is behind you, if you are driving less than the posted speed. Especially if they come up fast behind you or start to tailgate you (or are waving frantically, or shaking their fist, or honking… Hello, they are trying to communicate something, and getting frustrated that you are ignoring them!). Remember, that while you may be enjoying the pretty sights, they may be going to work – or even going to the hospital (Remember, an ambulance takes twice as long because it has to drive out first from the nearest town). If you live in the country, or have a vacation home, you should express this to any guests as well.

That brings me to indicator signals. Use them. They are indicators, not explanators! Enough said.

Oh, and take the time to wave “hi” or “thanks for pulling over”, or “you’re welcome”.

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