Proactive Passengers Can Save Lives
At Painters Collision Centers, with two locations in Arizona, we always stress
road safety that hopefully can stop accidents and save lives. Here are some
suggestions for passengers that you recently found online:
Be an Involved Passenger
When you’re the passenger in any vehicle, it’s always extremely wise to speak
up if your driver is distracted in any way, shape or form. Essentially, you put
your life in the driver’s hands when you enter a car, so don’t hesitate to say
something if someone is driving in an unsafe way, thereby endangering your
safety. Don’t let them text or use their cell phone and never let them drink and
Don’t Be Problematic
Based on statistics compiled by the AAA Foundation for Traffic Safety, a wide
range of passengers cause many distractions, with children being 4 times more
distracting than adults and babies being 8 times more distracting. Never
distract the driver’s attention when they are operating a vehicle. Every effort
you make to eliminate distractions is a vote in favor of road safety.
Be a Good Wing Person
A study conducted by researchers at the University of Utah discovered that
passengers can be a genuine asset, when compared to things like cell phone
usage and other potential distractions. These researchers noted that passenger
conversations differ from cell phone conversations because the surrounding
traffic becomes a topic of the conversation, thereby assisting drivers and
passengers to share situation awareness, and mitigating the potential effects of
conversation on driving.
How does this work without looking like a meddling backseat driver? For
example, you can handle the maps or answer the cell phone if necessary. This
way, you can alleviate the serious temptation for the driver to try to manage
those tasks while operating the vehicle. If you’re in the front passenger seat,
you are in a position to control ventilation or adjust the background music so
that the driver can concentrate fully on the roadway. You can also pay
attention to the various signs and landmarks, if you are traveling in an area
that you’re not familiar with. Work to be an asset to the driver, rather than just
another annoying distraction.
Speak Up and Be Heard
No one ever wants to be confrontational, and it’s especially difficult to do so if
the driver is your close friend. But if you are a passenger and the driver
continually engages in unsafe behavior, you have an obligation to speak up.
You have a duty to defend the well-being of everyone in the vehicle, and also to
protect other travelers on the road.
So, be a good passenger and play a helpful role and you will travel safely to
your next destination in one piece as a result. Every good pilot needs a solid
co-pilot on their side, so be that co-pilot and be safe and sensible on the road.
About Painters Collision Centers
Today’s vehicles are essentially large computers on wheels, so you need a
collision repair company with the right tools, equipment, and training to
diagnose and fix these sophisticated machines at a high level. At Painters
Collision Centers, with two locations in Chandler and Queen Creek, AZ, we
stress quality, transparency, and complete accountability. People praise us for
being thorough and providing over-the-top customer service on every repair.
When you hire us at Painters Collision Centers, you tap into our 35 years of
cumulative experience in the collision repair industry. Owners Jim and Kelly
Huard aren’t just in it to win it. They’re in it to be the best!
Sources: AAA, NHTSA and AARP