California Driver Handbook - Sharing The Road
Important Driving Tips
Safe driving requires personal responsibility to use sound judgment, reflexes, experience, and common sense—every time you are behind the wheel of a vehicle. Another important element of safe driving is courtesy. Be courteous at all times!!!
Small changes in your driving habits can help relieve chronic traffic congestion, according to the California Office of Traffic Safety (OTS).
Avoid the following driving behaviors:
- Rubbernecking–slowing down to look at collisions or virtually anything else out of the ordinary.
- Tailgating–following too closely.
- Unnecessary lane changes–weaving in and out of freeway lanes.
- Inattention–eating, grooming, talking on a cell phone, text messaging, reading the newspaper, etc.
- Operating a poorly-maintained or malfunctioning vehicle or running out of fuel.
Aggressive driving and road rage happens when crowded roads, rushing, and impatience cause one driver to react angrily to another driver. To avoid aggressive driving and road rage situations:
- Allow plenty of time to reach your destination.
- Do not cut off other drivers.
- Do not drive slowly in the left (fast) lane.
- Do not tailgate.
- Do not make gestures to other drivers.
- Use your horn for emergencies only.
Prevent a potentially violent incident by:
- Avoiding eye contact with an angry driver.
- Giving an angry driver plenty of space.
Take the questionnaire below to determine the type of driver you are.
Do you (Check the appropriate box)
How did you do?
(1 – 3) Safe Driver
(4 – 7 Good Driver
(8 – 11) Semi–Aggressive Driver
(12+) Aggressive Driver