Are Motor Manners appropriate for today’s driving?

The National Highway Users Conference published Motor Manners by Emily Post in 1949. Are motor manners appropriate for today’s driving as they were some 64 years ago?

Although the underlying focus of the pamphlet was to promote highway safety in the post World War II era, perhaps the group thought that the influx of female drivers would respond better to a list of manners rather that a set of rules from a driver’s manual. In any case, Post’s booklet harkens back to a time when our society was concerned about the proper motor manners.



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Just plain simple courtesy and consideration for others at all times will make the use of streets and highways safer, more efficient and more pleasurable. Here is a “Code of Courtesy,” as written by Post, that can be followed by all would be well-mannered drivers and pedestrians.

1. A well-mannered driver will share the road, never usurping the right-of-way from other vehicles or pedestrians.

2. A well-behaved driver uses his horn as a warning device in emergencies and never as a bad-tempered voice to threaten or scold.

3. An honorable man or woman would no more cheat traffic regulations than cheat at games or in sports.

4. Courteous pedestrians will cross busy streets at intersections, respect traffic lights and avoid darting out from behind parked vehicles.

5. An obliging driver will never fail to dim his lights when meeting other cars in the dark.

6. Well-bred people, whether drivers or passengers, are just as considerate of each other as are hosts and guests in a drawing room.

7. An accommodating driver parks his car so as not to interfere with the use of other parking spaces or with the movement of other vehicles.

8. Orderly drivers always keep to the right, except when using the proper lane for turning or passing.

9. A courteous driver never fails to signal his intentions to stop, turn or pull out.

10. Considerate persons always drive at speeds which are reasonable and prudent, considering traffic, road and weather conditions.

11. One who has any consideration for the safety of others will refrain from driving when physically exhausted.

12. Kindly persons never show curiosity at the scene of an accident and always give any assistance that may be passable.

So, what do you think?