How To Be A Good Passenger
Drivers are twice as likely to be killed in a car crash if they have passengers in the car – here’s how to be a good passenger!
August is National Road Victim month, and we are helping to raise awareness about road safety. With 176,500 injuries and 1,710 deaths on UK roads between June 2016 and June 2017, increasing road safety is something that is relevant to everyone. Earlier this month, we discussed the risk of road collisions amongst young adults, who are involved in 9% of all fatal and serious crashes, and gave advice on how to be a safer driver. Now we’ll be giving tips about how to be a good passenger as the risk of teens dying in a car crash DOUBLES if there are passengers in the car.
According to Good Egg, one in ten new drivers will crash within the first year of driving, particularly in the first 6 months. Good Egg also observed, through their sixth form road safety workshops, that the majority of teenagers do not realise that the likelihood that they’ll crash is increased by the number of passengers in the car. If you’re heading into the car with a newly-qualified driver, here’s how to be a good passenger:
Don’t let them make stupid mistakes
Has your mate had a couple of pints? Don’t let them drive – and don’t pressure them to drive! If you know that the driver is going to be having a drink, maybe share a taxi or get someone else to drive you. If the driver has gone a bit rogue and had an unexpected drink but you haven’t and can drive, get insured on their car so you can do the driving.
Also, if your friend is driving irresponsibility – tell them! Whether they’re driving too fast, not paying attention to signs or just being all-around reckless, ask them to stop. If they continue, ask to get out of the vehicle for your own safety.
Don’t give bad advice
While it’s 100% okay to tell your mate when they’re driving dangerously, don’t give them advice that could have a poor impact on their driving. Don’t pressure them into going faster, or into darting in front of another car on a roundabout. Over two thirds of young, new drivers feel peer pressure when driving, don’t be the cause of it! For things like driving too close to parked cars, give advice in a way that’s constructive and not patronising.
Allow your driver to take as much time as necessary, especially if they’ve only recently passed their test. Don’t get mad if they don’t get things straight away and expect the odd stalling situation. Getting frustrated with them could lead them to become panicky, which can cause accidents.
Don’t be distracting
This one just requires simple common sense. Don’t do anything that will take the driver’s concentration off the road. This includes messing with the radio, asking them to look at something and being an all-around pestering passenger. Also, don’t get annoyed if they sometimes ignore you when you’re trying to converse with them. If you’re in charge of navigation, make sure you know your route beforehand and give clear directions.
Wear your seatbelt
The driver should not have to ask you to put your seatbelt on, you should be doing this automatically! In a crash, you’re twice as likely to die if you’re not wearing a seatbelt. Accident or no accident, if the car is pulled over by the police you could get slapped with a £500 fine for not wearing a seatbelt.
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