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Give Way to Better Road Manners

On a freeway, a motorist is not justified in keeping to the right-hand lane and obliging traffic to overtake him on his left simply because he is driving at the legally allowed maximum speed. Another motorist may have a valid reason for exceeding the limit, and to obstruct him unreasonably may lead to the building up of a dangerous situation in which bad temper may overcome good judgment.

In an emergency, switch on your emergency hazard lights as well as your headlights while driving at a safe speed. Obey the rules of the road and don’t drive recklessly.

This advice comes from the Automobile Association following reports received from motorists who are playing “policeman” and blocking the right-hand (overtaking) lane of a multi-lane carriageway.

Although driving in the emergency lane during daylight hours is permitted under certain conditions, following traffic has no right to force traffic ahead to move across the yellow line to allow overtaking. It may be courteous to move over but it places the onus on you to ensure that it is safe to do so.

The AA urges motorists to be more tolerant and patient on our roads by driving defensively rather than aggressively.

Road courtesy - makes driving a pleasure for all.

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