The Law of Courtesy


Most people consider themselves a safe driver, right? I mean, you don’t usually hear people going around bragging, “Yeah, I’m a really bad driver!” (Certainly not if they want anyone else to ever ride with them anyway.)

So what makes someone a safe driver? Certainly, experience, ability, alertness and consideration of others play a big part in that scenario, but another important factor is knowledge. But, unfortunately, oftentimes the “Rules of the Road” change and we are not always aware of it.

For instance, for those of you who routinely pull over to allow others to pass when you are traveling slower than the rest of the traffic on a two-lane road, you probably think you simply are showing courtesy to other drivers. And you are! But did you know that as of January first of this year that is the “law?” The new law reads:

Vehicles proceeding at a speed less than the flow of traffic and moving on a two-lane highway where passing is unsafe, must turn off the roadway at the nearest place designated as a turnout or wherever sufficient area for a safe turnout exists if a line of 5 or more vehicles forms behind them (CVC 14903).

Certainly, for those of us who live in the Valley Center, Pauma Valley and Palomar Mountain areas, this should be of particular interest, since traveling on two-lane roads for us is a way of life.

So, if you’re in no hurry to get where you’re going, but others behind you are, remember to be courteous and pull over and allow them to pass. Not only will you enjoy your journey more, but you’ll have the law of courtesy on your side.

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