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Showing courtesy to others can increase your safety

Everyone should have a bumper sticker such as this one.
Everyone should have a bumper sticker such as this one.
Dan Vale

This article discusses why courtesy is not only a nice thing to do, but also is a smart thing to do. In addition, this article will give examples of discourteous and courteous behaviors.

Discourteous behaviors often can lead to dangerous events such as road rage , sporting event riots, holiday shopping brawls and bar fights. Because of the U.S. economic downturn, many people are under tremendous economic stress, and easily can become violent.

Rude people are engaging in risky behavior when, for example, they:

  1. Argue loudly about politics, sex, and religion.
  2. Merge so abruptly from side streets into flowing traffic that so other motorists are forced use their brakes to slow down.
  3. Play their car radios so loudly that they disturb others nearby.
  4. Purposely park in two spaces of crowded parking lots.
  5. Step accidently on another person’s foot, but do not apologize.

Forming courteous habits will reduce the chances of setting off people who are under great stress. Examples of courteous habits might be:

  1. Keeping their moving cars as far away as possible from bicyclists.
  2. Holding elevator doors open for last potential passengers.
  3. Holding store doors open for people carrying packages.
  4. Learning conciliatory foreign phrases in various languages.
  5. Using words such as “please” and “thank you.”
  6. Apologizing when wrong.
  7. Complimenting others often.

It is much easier for individuals to be courteous to others when individuals manage their own stress well. Doing so will make them part of the answer instead of part of the problem. It also will increase their personal safety.

It might be helpful to keep a couple of quotes in mind:

2. “So whatever you wish that others would do to you, do also to them..”-Matthew 7:12

3. When music and courtesy are better understood and appreciated, there will be no war.” –Confucius

Can you contribute any examples of what you have seen discourteous or courteous people do? Were there any safety consequences? Please comment below.

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