Normal driving can turn up the stress on an average commuter, unleashing swearing, speeding and road hogs from the mildest mannered office workers. In England, however, civility reigns. This rally car driver epitomized the polite British national character when he apologized after he drove wildly over a hill and slid his vehicle rudely into onlookers and officials. A quick 'sorry' is really the baseline reaction for putting lives at risk.

This polite driver reminds us of the race car drive who pulled his competition from a fiery crash in Iowa. Maybe all racers are stand-up citizens?

Now if only everyone who is in a rush on the road could be so pleasant.

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