Sometime back, we wrote an article about the importance of being a good driver. However, passengers can be just as useful. Have a look at our list below about how you can be a good passenger the next time your significant other/friend/colleague gives you a lift.
1. Don’t add to the stress: Remember how your stressful things were when your parents used to question each and every one of your decisions on the road? If you do, make sure that you don’t do the same for fellow drivers. Yes, its good to be mindful of safety, but don’t be the one who obsesses over a check engine light, or make comments of their driving habits-chances are, they may refuse to give you a lift next time!
2. Eyes on the road: If you’ve got the coveted passenger seat, you need to be a good co-pilot. Be a friend and look around for obstructions, vehicles which are hard to see (usually when reversing on taking a turn) and assist in navigating them when youre travelling to a new destination.
3. Offer to take the wheel on long trips: If you are going anywhere on holiday, it can be very tiring for drivers who need to travel for many hours a day. If you’re going together, offer to swap positions so that your friend can rest while you take the wheel. Keep this point in mind especially at night, because everyone tends to get tired now and then. This is a win-win for everyone, as everyone arrives well rested and don’t need to worry about sleeping in a hotel
4. Minimize time on the phone: We’ve spoken about distracted driving in the past, but keep conversations on the phone to a minimum, this is because when youre talking loudly on the phone, the driver has to focus more in and keep their attention, so be a good passenger and stay away from the phone as much as possible.
5. Going in a group? Keep an eye out and behave: More people in the car means that there is a higher likelihood of distracted driving, which can lead to accidents as the driver may end up going too fast, go into the wrong lane, miss a turn or simply not see obstacles in front of them. Feel free to have fun, but if the driver insists to keep the music down, make sure that you comply with their request.
6. Don’t take too long: If a friend offers to pick you up; it is your responsibility to be ready on time. Respect their time by making sure that you’re ready. If you’re not, give them a heads up by letting them know in advance.
Are you a good passenger? Tell us your favorite tip from this list in the comments below!