Just passed your test or bought a new car and you are keen to give your mates a lift?

Just passed your test or bought a new car and you are keen to give your mates a lift? As the driver, you are responsible for those in the vehicle and the consequences of their behaviour. It is okay to tell your friends to behave and not to distract you. Your car, your rule

Be a safe passenger

As a passenger in a vehicle, you also risk death or serious injury on the road due to the actions of other road users. However, your actions can also be to blame.

Drivers need to concentrate and distractions within the car can make this difficult. Here are a few tips for being a good passenger:

  • wear your seat belt at all times
  • be a ‘good co-pilot’, for example, support the driver in ensuring that other passengers act responsibly – offer to help navigate, keep the radio volume at a reasonable level and don’t ‘channel jump’
  • try to keep all interactions to a reasonable level – the more people in the car, the more distractions there may be from conversations, music, people using mobile phones
  • if you pay attention to the road you will be able to see when a driver may need to concentrate more and could help the driver’s focus by, for example, pausing a conversation or turning down the radio
  • if you think there is an emerging danger do let the driver know – but do not shout or try to grab the steering wheel or hand brake
  • at night, don’t turn on interior lights while the car is moving as this can affect the driver’s night vision
  • don’t be a ‘back-seat driver’ – you can give the driver helpful information but refrain from being negative or giving a critical or ‘witty’ commentary on how they are driving, particularly if they are inexperienced

If you are concerned about a driver’s behaviour

Sometimes you might be concerned about the driver’s behaviour but you are worried about their reaction. Your safety is paramount, as is that of other road users including the driver, and you are advised to speak out. However, if you feel worried about being direct in addressing the issue, perhaps you might try one of the following approaches:-

Speed

If you feel the driver is going too fast, you should say so. However, if you are concerned about this, you might try something like: “I’m sorry but I’m not a good passenger. Could I ask you to slow down a bit”. This should not offend the driver. Alternatively, you could say that you are feeling unwell. Few drivers are prepared to have their car interior spoilt! However, if the driver still refuses to slow down then you must be direct, after all, you might save his or her life as well as your own.

Drink or drugs

Never get into a car with a driver who has been drinking or taking drugs or who you suspect has been doing so. Do your best to persuade them not to drive. Remind them that they could lose their licence – if they are lucky not to crash – no matter how good a driver they are when sober, they are far more likely to kill someone when impaired. Perhaps you might tell them you are anxious about travelling on your own.

Remember, anyone who is selfish enough to drink or drive and put themselves and others at risk deserves to be reported to the police. Always keep a phone number for a taxi on your mobile in case you are left without transport home. If you can’t get a taxi, ring a family member. Remember, they will much prefer to pick you up than have you risk your life in a car with a drink or drug driver.

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Car breakdowns never happen under ideal circumstances. Nope, they happen when you’re already running late to work or while trapped in heavy traffic or when you’re a lone wolf in the middle of nowhere with no cell reception or automotive know-how, or when Mother Nature has decided that the pelting rain or blinding mist isn’t enough for you to deal with that day. One of the most *awesome* places for a car to break down is on a road that has no shoulder. A shoulder-free road gives you no option to pull over or push your car to get out of traffic, away from the not-so-helpful screaming and honking motorists behind you, and into a safe area.

Although this situation warrants a well-deserved freak-out, panicking need not be part of the equation, Even if you know how to fix your vehicle, do not attempt to do so with traffic buzzing around you, calling for help via cell phone or in-car service. If neither is an option, he urges you to exercise extreme caution when leaving your car and walking to the nearest call box where you can safely call for help. Also, We strongly discourage you from flagging down other motorists on a busy shoulder-free street because your actions could trigger a larger incident.

By reacting calmly and keeping safety a priority, you will be able to navigate the stress of a breakdown until help appear

Reaching the destination safely is the best reward for any motorist! Should you encounter any motoring issues, remember that Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance provides 24/7 Roadside Assistance Service for our Members and the motoring community. Whilst it’s possible to reduce your risk of breakdown, it’s an unfortunate reality that even the most expertly maintained and superbly driven vehicle may break down due to unforeseen circumstances. In these instances, Drive Zimbabwe Roadside Assistance breakdown cover can make all the difference. Call us or  Whatsapp at 0780 579 261/0718 084 297 / 0736 523 424 Email:info@drivezim.co.zw and Join Today.

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