Summer Travel Tips: Practice Good Road Etiquette
Memorial Day weekend has recently passed, signaling the beginning of summer travel season. As one of the busiest travel weekends of the year, AAA Travel projected more than 37.2 million Americans would journey 50 miles or more from home over the Memorial Day weekend, with 33 million of those travelers driving to their destinations.
A number of economic factors are contributing to the large increase in holiday travelers this year. “A strong employment market and low gas prices have driven consumer optimism to new highs and boosted Americans’ disposable income. This is welcome news for the travel industry,” said said Marshall L. Doney, AAA President.
With the Fourth of July just around the corner, and plenty of warm weather drives ahead for all of us in the next few months, we thought you might want to brush up on the most-ticketed driving infractions in the U.S., and freshen up on some road etiquette tips.
Here's one that bugs me alot: Those who drive slowly in the left lane. Known as the "passing lane," the left lane is meant to be used for passing other vehicles that are traveling more slowly than you. If you are driving with the speed of traffic or slower, you should remain in the right-hand lane. And if you're in the left lane and see someone coming quickly up behind you, move to the right to get out of their way.
Other tips for good road trip etiquette include properly merging using the zipper technique, staying out of other people's blind spots (especially trucks, if you can't see the driver's face in the side mirror, he can't see you either!), pulling over for funeral processions, and remembering to wave when someone does you a roadway kindness.
According to CJ Pony Parts, some of the most-ticketed driving infractions include exceeding the speed limit and (knowingly or unknowingly), running a red light, and having mechanical issues that make your vehicle a danger to yourself or others. Speeding tickets alone exceeded 40 million in 2014, which resulted in more than $6 billion in paid fines. In terms of misdemeanor tickets served, the most common are for driving infractions like hit and run accidents, excessive speeding, and texting while driving.
Practice good driving etiquette and safe driving techniques, and your summer travels will be safer and ticket-free.