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Follow the Leader: Driving Etiquette

The manners of leading and following in cars.

By
Trent Armstrong,

Sometimes I just don't know where I'm going in life-- or maybe I just don't know where I'm going in the Manners Mobile, so I need to follow someone. That's what I would like to discuss today. Manners for leading and following someone while driving.

Driving Etiquette

Well, if you have to get in the car and you have someone following you to your destination, there are some things you should keep in mind. For the sake of argument, let's say you, your friends, and another carload of people are headed to the zoo. When your job goes from "getting to the zoo" to "getting everyone else to the zoo," the stakes are raised and attention and care need to be taken to ensure your success. Success is crucial when failure means spending the majority of your time at the zoo getting your lost friends to said zoo instead of incorrectly making baboon noises at the gorillas.

If You’re the Lead Driver

So, what steps should one take when leading with one's car?

Step 1:Make sure the other driver knows what kind of car you have and, conversely, make sure you know what the other car looks like.

Step 2: Do not secretly change cars during the trip. Though that would be funny, it would also be counterproductive.

Step 3: Make sure the driver following you has a general understanding of where you are both going, an idea of the rough travel time, and basic information on what to look for along the way. Since you don't need to give them directions, simply make sure he or she is aware of any quick action that might need to be taken or any major landmarks that might help with comfort level. 

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