Responsible passengers in a vehicle avoid interfering with the driver’s concentration. Some actions from passengers can affect the safety of the driver, passengers and everyone else on the road. While some of the actions might seem harmless, they can create dangerous situations.
You should understand some of the most common risky passenger behaviors to help encourage safety on the road.
Distracting the driver
One of the most common, and potentially most dangerous, behaviors is distracting the driver. Anything that draws the driver’s attention from the road, including talking loudly, engaging in complex conversations and playing music too loud can distract the driver. This diminishes the driver’s focus on the road and increases the risk of an accident.
Blocking the driver’s view
As a passenger, avoid obstructing the driver’s view in any way. Adjusting mirrors, leaning between the seats and placing items on the dashboard can all block the driver’s line of sight and increase safety risks.
Passengers in the back seat should avoid any behaviors that disturb the driver. This includes tapping on the driver’s seat, reaching up to the front of the car, or making sudden movements. These actions can startle the driver and create a safety hazard that endangers everyone on the road.
Encouraging reckless behaviors
Passengers who encourage the driver to behave recklessly, including running red lights, racing or speeding, put everyone’s safety at risk. Be mindful of the potential for accidents and be respectful of the driver’s responsibilities.
Distracted driving led to more than 3,500 fatalities in 2021. Responsible passenger behaviors reduce this risk and improve safety on the road.