How to be an active co-passenger – some tips

Passengers frequently do – and can — divert drivers from their charge, every now and then with tragic or expensive consequences. But it’s potential, still if you’ve on no account driven a vehicle in your years, to keenly engage in its secure function as a person along for the ride.

Below are a few tips that come in handy for both seasoned and new drivers:

Be a responsible company to the driver

With this we mean that one must help the driver in driving the car, not in the literal sense but in abstract ways.  Try to be all ears and eyes when your pilot is taking a turn or trying to get on the highway. Lean to your back and turn the head if the driver intends to locate anything to his left or best inform the driver by ascertaining yourself. Don’t make your driver to remind you again and again to put on your seat belt. And if you are on an odyssey to a place where you have never frequented sans a navigations system, try and be the navigator.

Do not talk on the phone

When the co-traveler is engaged in a telephonic conversation, they both are zoning and there is an attention deficit. It is almost impossible for the driver to run away from that conversation or in other cases plug his ears. Try to keep the talk brief and keep a hushed tone or best let go off your phone altogether.

Avoid getting hysteric at tight spots

When you raise your voice you are not doing a favor to the driver, on the contrary you are helping him to hit something. You need a great deal of patience and composure to tide off an emergency situation, exclaiming, gasping and yelling is a colossal distraction that shakes the concentration of the driver. If the driver feels that the passengers are nervous a talk pre-boarding the vehicle can be a great reliever. Saying a small sentence such as, “I will not do anything that may hurt you” helps in reducing a lot of nervousness among the passengers.

In a car packed with people pay closer notice

Without exception when the car is full of people it tends to drift on other lanes and slows down marginally and such distraction from the passengers can be fatal. The larger number of people in the car, the passengers needs to be more deferred towards the driver. This in simple terms means being aware of the happenings outside the car, listening to music at low-decibels, and lowering the tone of your voice. The last thing that the driver requires is an additional input to his sense beyond what he requires for driving.

Imitate the Germans

Indian passengers and drivers could certainly take a prompt from German drivers. Driving test in Germany is hard to pass as it is very rigorous and therefore the Germans are amongst the best drivers across the world. They take driving more seriously and pay more attention and that too not just the driver, but all of the occupants of the car.

Close the door swiftly after getting in or out in city peripheries

An unguarded door is a potential hazard waiting. For instance it may not even take a split second for a 4000 pound car to rip off the door with its incredible static energy. This is commonly knows as “Situation Awareness” and can only be created by paying attention.

Do not lecture the driver while driving

It’s a known tendency with many people to single out each and every mistake of the driver. This does not help, on the contrary it supplements the stress level which is inherent to driving. You must give the driver vital information he needs that facilitates a smooth driving experience but not an editorial or a comment. You can do as you please after or before the voyage.

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