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GEM reproduces Courtesy on the Road guidelinesBack

Embarking on long car journeys home to visit family at Christmas can prove to be a testing time, or simply being sat in a traffic jam in your local city centre can be equally as stressful.

To help motorists avoid the stress that comes with driving at Christmas, GEM Motoring Assist, a road safety organisation and breakdown cover company, has recently revised its ‘Courtesy on the Road’ leaflet.

The leaflet includes some top tips for motorists, including a ‘Courtesy Driving Code’ intended to help reduce the stress associated with driving which can be the main cause of conflict on the roads. The leaflet also features a checklist to help combat difficult situations such as breakdowns, traffic build ups, and noisy distractions.

The Courtesy Driving Code includes ten useful points which are listed below to help drivers when they take to the wheel this Christmas.

1. Share the road safely
2. Keep calm, show restraint
3. Remember: others are not out to annoy you
4. Do not compete or retaliate
5. Be patient in traffic
6. Set an example to others
7. Give way at busy junctions
8. Put yourself in the position of the other driver
9. Say ‘thank you’
10. Say ‘sorry’

David Williams MBE, CEO of GEM Motoring Assist, said: “As winter presents some of the most stressful driving conditions, including poor weather and increased traffic throughout the Christmas period, now is the time when a courteous gesture can make a real difference. Rather than getting frustrated or angry with other road users, we want to encourage motorists to be patient this winter and show compassion to other drivers. We hope that this newly designed leaflet will help highlight how easy this is to achieve.”

The ‘National Campaign for Courtesy’ has also lent its support to the Courtesy Driving Code. The Chairman, Peter G. Foot said: “We are delighted to be supporting GEM Motoring Assist in this excellent campaign, which we hope will help to make our roads safer. Courteous behaviour is a vital ingredient to ensure a better society for everyone, but courtesy on our busy roads could be a matter of life or death and we fully endorse this initiative.”

You can print a copy of the ‘Courtesy on the Road’ leaflet by visiting


Posted by Leana Kell on 24/12/2012