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The drive to curb poor road etiquette

By Colleen Harding

These days we spend a good amount of time in our cars. Whether we are traveling to work, to see a client or to one of the many other places we visit, we are spending a good percentage of the day behind the wheel.

Because of this, many have found a way to turn their vehicles into satellite offices. We return calls and conduct business as if we are sitting at our desks. Although it is good to make use of this time, it is important that we do not abandon polite driving protocol.

Many of us are not capable of multitasking. Whether you are a person who struggles with multitasking or not, driving politely and speaking on a phone can be a challenge. If you are speaking on the phone, you may not be paying attention to the road or the people around you. Making or answering a call may result in accidentally gliding into your neighbor’s lane or missing a turn signal.

While you are looking for your phone, you may not realize that the light has turned yellow and you’re flying through a busy intersection. While you’re speaking on your phone, you may not realize that someone next to you has put on their blinker politely and would like to move over one lane. In addition, the temptation to check emails and text, while holding your cell phone, is always present.

When we are so focused on our own “to do” list, we may not be considering what’s going on around us. We may be sitting in the passing lane with a trail of cars behind us, trying to pass. We may not realize we are being discourteous to the other drivers around us.

The holidays are here. In addition to commuters, we will be sharing the roads with visitors and holiday shoppers. When you get behind the wheel, think about the moms driving around in cars filled with children, the seniors, and people traveling through our city on their way to another destination. Everyone has a right to the roadways and to a polite experience. Think about how road rage might be illuminated if we thought about others on the road and paid more attention to courtesy.

Obviously, safety is also a factor when it comes to being a courteous driver. Automobile accidents would be significantly decreased if we paid more attention to driving protocol. If we put our cell phones away, put our iPods in our bags and think about driving politely, our roads would be significantly safer.

Merry Christmas and happy holidays.

Colleen Harding is a protocol coach and the founder of the Cleveland School of Etiquette and Corporate Protocol. She can be reached at (216) 970-5889 and


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