The CEO of Wilcox Limousines, Paul Wilcox, has thus produced an etiquette guide to help the 91% of motorists who admit their not fully sure what to do when they come across a funeral procession.
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“People tend to be in a great hurry to get where they need to be,” said Wilcox.
“Funeral directors can certainly appreciate this, (but) does it hurt too slow down for a few minutes out of respect for a life once lived?
Some may find it surprising that such instances occur, but nearly 200 funeral directors polled say otherwise: 59% believe Brits are simply unaware of good funeral cortege etiquette.
Wilcox has thus written a five-point guide to help motorists refresh the good etiquette appreciated in funereal corteges:
- Grant a funeral procession right of way when driving
- All funeral corteges move at a slow pace. Never overtake or cut into a procession
- Wait until all the cars in the procession have passed before using a pelican crossing
- Turn down any in-car musing as a cortege passes
- Roadside workers should try to bring all work to a temporary stop as the procession passes
“Put yourselves in the shoes of a grieving family,” added Wilcox. “Would you like a beeping car horn or an aggressive overtaking manoeuvre to interrupt your mourning if you were in their place?”