rule of the road
Date: 1871 a customary practice (as driving always on a particular side of the road or yielding the right of way) developed in the interest of safety and often subsequently reinforced by law; especially any of the rules making up a code governing ships in matters relating to mutual safety

New Collegiate Dictionary. 2001.

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