There isn’t a single page in your state’s driver’s handbook dealing with the unwritten rules of the road (otherwise, they wouldn’t be unwritten). That’s a problem, because too often they go unknown or aren’t followed. Fortunately, AskMen has just the addendum you need to be a Better Man and be better behind the wheel.
These won’t come as groundbreaking revelations, but will serve as good reminders of common sense and courtesy to keep you from being that guy (like manning up and taking responsibility when you hit somebody, whether they’re driving or parked). Keep reading for more on our man code for the road.
10. Defer to superior cars
Your GTI will be thoroughly smoked by the GT-R next to you if the guy so chooses; don’t provoke him into a race you can’t possibly win. When someone has a superior car, defer to it. Don’t screw with him, even if you admire his ride and just want to see and hear it pull away fast. If a superior car is in your way, just pass safely and spare the theatrics. Your dignity will thank you for it.
9. Show respect when parking
In this unwritten rule of the road, it’s how and where you park that matters. Look, the lines in a parking lot are there for a reason. Stay between them — evenly — and you’ll minimize door dings while actually being able to exit without contact. As for the guys who park in the far reaches, understand they’re doing it for a reason. Even if it’s a crap car, give the other guy some room.
8. Go easy on two-wheelers
If you haven’t tried getting around on two wheels, you ought to give it a shot. Bikes and motorcycles each deliver a unique riding experience that can’t be duplicated from behind the wheel of a car. And until you’re outside the four-wheel isolation chamber, you won’t appreciate a downside to cycling — and that’s how other vehicles sometimes treat you. If being cut off or tailgated in a car is annoying, it can get downright frightening on a bike. Watch for them, and allow space.