Other passengers Lessons Note

Driving requires you to focus, so avoid activities that distract you from driving. Driver distractions cause lower awareness, slower reaction times and impaired judgement. Taking your eyes off the road or getting distracted for a few seconds may be fatal.

Being distracted for 1 second at 100 km/h means that you will travel 28m without controlling your vehicle!

There are many distractions both inside and outside the car, e.g. looking at pedestrians and other road users, smoking, eating, drinking, adjusting car controls, applying makeup or reaching for things in the car.

Try to reduce the number of distractions inside the car so you can focus on driving.

Passengers

Passengers can cause distractions to the driver and involuntarily increase the crach risk

Research shows that young drivers having passengers of similar age increases crash risk dramatically - it’s thought to be due to distraction and peer pressure.

Passengers can have both a positive and a negative impact on your driving

Examples of positive impact - helping you to identify potential hazards, acting as a navigator or helping you change music etc.

Examples of negative impact - distracting you by making noise or encouraging you to take risks.

Be the boss of your vehicle - don’t let your passengers negatively influence your driving or distract you.

If distracted, you may need to limit the number of passengers or ask your passengers to respect that you need to focus on driving.

All passengers should be properly seated

Having too many passengers is both dangerous and illegal (e.g. people sitting on the floor or on laps). All passengers should be seated and be wearing seatbelts (or other restraints). As a driver, you must not drive with a person in your lap.

Road Rage

Let’s face it, we all make mistakes. Keep calm even if somebody does something that annoys or startles you, and don’t respond aggressively or threateningly.

Do nothing that might aggravate the situation if someone is aggressive towards you. Road rage is dangerous and illegal.

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