It is all very well to blame traffic jams, the cost of petrol and the quick pace of modem life, but manners on the roads are becoming horrible. Everybody knows that the nicest men become monsters behind the wheel. You might tolerate the odd road-hog, the rude and inconsiderate driver, but nowadays the well-mannered motorist is the exception to the rule.
Road politeness is not only good manners, but good sense too. It takes the most coolheaded and good tempered of drivers to resist the temptation to revenge when subjected to uncivilized behavior. On the other hand , a little politeness goes a long way towards relieving the tensions of motoring. A friendly nod or a wave of acknowledgement in response to an act of politeness helps to create an atmosphere of goodwill and tolerance so necessary in modern traffic conditions. But such acknowledgements of politeness are all too rare today.
However, misplaced politeness can also be dangerous. Typical examples are the driver who brakes violently to allow a car to emerge from a side street at some hazard to following traffic, when a few seconds later the road would be clear anyway;or the man who waves a child across a zebra crossing into the path of oncoming vehicles that may be unable to stop in time. The same goes for encouraging old ladies to cross the road wherever and whenever they care to. It always amazes me that the highways are not covered with the dead bodies of these grannies.
A veteran driver, whose manners are faultless, told me it would help if motorists learnt to filter correctly into traffic streams one at a time without causing the total blockages that give rise to bad temper. Unfortunately, modem motorists can't even learn to drive, let alone master the subtler aspects of roadsmanship. Year ago the experts warned us that the car-ownership explosion would demand a lot more give-and-take from all road users. It is high time for all of us to take this message to heart.
第1题.According to this passage, troubles on the mad are primarily caused by______.
A. people's attitude towards the mad-hog
B. the rhythm of modem life
C. the behavior of the driver
D. traffic conditions
详解：答案A。根据第1段1句话，It is all very well…, but…这一结构是用实际和提议相比时用来表示不满的词语，意思是“…好是很好，可是…”。由此可知，作者显然在这里谈论的观点是but之后的意思：责怪交通拥挤，汽油费用和当代生活的快节奏对是对，可是道路上的礼貌问题变得很令人可怕。因此B、D两项不正确。根据这段第三句，人们或许能容忍road-hog，故A项不正确。
第2题.The sentence "You might tolerate the odd road-hog…the rude."(Para. 1) implies that ________.
A. our society is unjust towards well-mannered motorists
B. rude drivers can be met only occasionally
C. he well-mannered motorist cannot tolerate the road-hog
D. nowadays impolite drivers constitute the majority of motorists
第3题. By“good sense”in paragraph 2, the writer means _______.
A. the driver's ability to understand and react reasonably
B. the driver's prompt response to difficult and severe conditions.
C. the driver's tolerance of rude or even savage behavior
D. the driver's acknowledgement of politeness and regulations
详解：答案A.根据文章第二段，作者认为good sense包括两方面的含义：既要对别人礼貌，对别人的不礼貌行为要保持冷静头脑;又要意识到别人对自己的礼貌照顾，并对此作出反应，如友好的点一下头或招手示意。B项不是全文讨论内容。C项只是good sense的一个具体体现，不是其真正含义，故均不正确。D项中的regulations(交通规则)全文并未提及，故也不对。
第4题. Experts have long pointed out that in the face of car-ownership explosion, ______.
A. road users should make more sacrifice
B. drivers should be ready to yield to each other
C. drivers should have more communication among themselves
D. drivers will suffer great loss if they pay no respect to others
第5题.In the writer's opinion, ______.
A. strict traffic regulations are badly needed
B. drivers should apply road politeness properly
C. rude drivers should be punished
D. drivers should avoid traffic jams