The answer, of course, is the Highway Code! 'Dave Brown's New Highway Code' which aired today on Radio 4, appealed to me on several fronts. I couldn't help but be drawn into Dave Brown's (he of the Mighty Boosh) insight into the Highway Code, which was originally set up as a code of good manners for drivers. There was interesting discussion of the attitude of motorists towards cyclists and the graphic design of the older editions and road signage, but I particularly liked the insight into post-war and 1950s driving, when travel on the road was simpler and slower.
At the end of the programme Dave proposes a return to those 1950s values: we should imagine we are wearing 'a trilby or a sensible hat', a 'double breasted suit or a mac, buttoned and belted'. We should all drive like '1950s gentlemen and gentlewomen, polite and more patient, well-mannered'. And above all we should not be 'afraid to give a cheery wave or a smile!' Ah, now if everyone drove like that wouldn't it make the world a better place!
Enjoy the programme on BBC iplayer, available for another 7 days.