As the number of road fatalities continues to take the lives of so many people, including scores of passengers, now is the time to speak up against reckless driving.
If you’re riding with someone who is always texting while around the wheel, exceeding the speed limit, driving under the influence or disregarding traffic signs and rules, then it’s time to say something.
We understand, maybe you’re sceptical about being rotten to your mother when riding in the car or with a friend who gives your rides without asking for a contribution, but for every time they drive badly, your life is on the line.
Why Speak Up?
First, you don’t feel safe. If your driver is making you uncomfortable, you should speak up. When your life is on the line never be afraid to speak up, it could save your life.
When to Speak Up
As a passenger, you already know the difference between safe and unsafe driving, and if it’s a case where more than one passengers are in the vehicle you wouldn’t be the only one noticing. Therefore, the minute you recognise that a driver repeatedly disregards road traffic laws or practices other reckless driving habits, it’s the time to take control of the situation by keeping the driver in check and protecting yourself and others.
Tips to avoid unsafe situations include:
- Always wear your seat belt. Seat belts save lives.
- Refuse to speed or race on highways.
- Always pay attention to the road and to what your driver chooses to do on the road.
- If you can answer that call, reply to that text or take that picture for your driver, then help them out so that they can focus on the road.
How to Speak Up
We understand you don’t want to seem too exaggerated when your friends are driving recklessly. However, your safety and survival are big deals. So, how can you communicate effectively with the driver? Here are some suggestions:
1. Be careful – Try not to shout at or lecture the driver, but be calm and reasonable with them.
2. Do something – “I’ll text that for you. What do you want to say?”
3. Be straightforward – “Hey! Pullover please, so we can both eat without dying.”
4. Make it a big deal! – “I’m not going to travel with you again if you don’t start paying attention to the road!”
5. Make a suggestion – “I’ve noticed that you’re looking at your phone an awful lot. Do you mind not doing that while you’re driving? I’d appreciate it!”
6. Take a stance – Stick to your word. Don’t ride with a friend who won’t change their habits. Your life is on the line, speak up!
Now that you know how to speak up against reckless driving as a passenger, what about when you’re on the road? Do you have road rage?