Other Private Transportation
At the beginning of the country, most persons
traveled by foot, and did not have to worry about the high-speed problems
that mechanized travel brings us today.
Granted, horses and wagons did approximate this problem, but not
greatly. Indeed, it was
possible for persons to be injured or even killed in a horse and buggy
accident, but there was scant chance of dying in the twisted flaming
wreckage of a high velocity accident.
of this simple fact, good manners take on more of life-and-death
significance since poor manners can lead directly to deadly vehicle
accidents. The evidence of
this is seen daily in the news media for more than just cars and trucks,
but for boats and airplanes as well.
everyone practiced “The Golden Rule” as stated in Matthew 7:12 then a
large number of vehicle accidents could be avoided.
This would save countless lives, prevent innumerable injuries, and
avoid millions of dollars in property damage.
Good manners are, at a minimum, logical.
are a prime example. If a
person needs to change lanes and if it is safe to let them into your lane,
do so. To not permit this is
more than rude, it could lead to a dangerous situation for you and others.
Try to consider the reasonable needs of others on the road, and
should go without saying that it is bad manners to use vulgar hand
gestures, etc if someone renders you a discourtesy.
Even if you truly believe they have earned it, do not do it.
Do not lower yourself to their level, and do not provoke a fool to
violence. There is no one on
the road worth going to the hospital for, and certainly no stranger is
worth going to jail for. Forgive
them and simply get away from them in a safe manner.
pay attention to driving your vehicle.
Do not hold others up or create a dangerous situation because you
are engaged in some other, non-essential activity, including talking on
the telephone, putting on make-up, shaving, reading or operating your
music system. Lives are at
stake, not to mention legal liabilities if you cause an accident.