T.P Hutchinson, Centre for Automotive Safety Research
Centre for Automotive Safety Research (CASR)
CASR, The University of Adelaide 2008
This report discusses both road courtesy and campaigns to promote road courtesy. Full Image (7.67K)
The main sections of this report deal with (a) speed, anger and aggression, and young drivers, (b) aspects of courtesy relevant to driving, and (c) campaigns. Courtesy refers both to behaviours (the presence of some and the absence of others) and to the attitudes and habits of mind that accompany behaviours.As behaviour, courtesy is mostly safe but sometimes not (when it is in conflict with the conventions of driving). As an attitude --- thinking about possible actions of other road users and adjusting one's own behaviour, and avoiding any aggressiveness in one's driving --- courtesy certainly should be encouraged. This is quite a complex and conditional message. Complex messages are unlikely to have much effect. Thus the present report does not recommend putting road courtesy at the centre of a road safety campaign. It might, however, be an appropriate component of a broader campaign: if some behaviour were being promoted on grounds of safety, courtesy or consideration for others could be given as a reason (that might carry weight with some audiences).