TodayApril 15, 2022

You are responsible for passenger safety in your car

The statement suggested in the title of this article; You Are Responsible for your passenger’s safety might be considered quite obvious by those with driving experience. But when someone new qualifies, or after a period of no driving activity, it can be easy for this not to sink in as well as it should. You are in the pilot seat of automobile you are driving, and as such, you are responsible for their safety. Technology in teenager’s vehicles helps a lot, though most young people buy the cheaper car without advanced technology.

It can be essential for newly qualified drivers to understand this because it can help them take a more stringent approach to keep passenger safe in their vehicles. Ultimately, it’s not worth taking any safety chances when you’re in a position like this, even if you’re merely driving down the road to a nearby location. We often forget just how dangerous our vehicles can be, and the potential guilt we would feel if we neglected to keep our passengers safe.

For this reason, it’s essential to consider your own approach and the car you buy your child. It is also important to develop a few methods or pre-journey checks you can take to ensure you are responsible all of the time. Here is some excellent advice to help you create a guilt-free life.

Ground Rules for being the Pilot

It might be your responsibility to drive safely behind the wheel, but you should also expect high safety standards from others. After all, you can’t be expected to mother or father your passengers unless they are children. If your friend is being noisy, obnoxious or trying to veer your attention away from the road indirectly, it’s essential to pull over and tell them to stop it. If this continues, then your only option is to ask them to leave, because they will not have the kind of attitude necessary for safe travel. Of course, your friends are unlikely to be over the top like this, but sometimes, ground rules can help.

Loud music is a big one. Suggest that only you should have access to your radio and dash. No volume alternation without you approving it. Driving drunk people home is a risky adventure. Having drunk teenagers in the back seats can be smart, but you must ensure that they keep their seatbelts on and never feel afraid to slow down or stop if they cannot behave. Remember that no one is entitled to travel with you. It is a right and privilege you grant them because you trust them. If you do not trust them, do not allow them to get in your car.

Keep Your Car Clean

It’s not only the road situation that can cause a danger to health. People who neglect to clean
their cars or allow trash to pile up can be creating an entire problem on their own. With the outbreak of measles, it is even more important to keep your car clean and disinfected if you are a provider of ride-sharing. Those with sensitive skin, respiratory issues, or those who simply come into contact with bacteria that might be growing, especially within old food containers can likely get sick from just occupying your space. Clean your car. Disinfect it. Vacuum it. Remove the rubbish from your interior often. If bringing along pets, drunk people who drop pizza in your vehicle, or children who might drop sweets or run a crayon down the back of your seat or plant muddy footprints there, be sure to clean that too. A vehicle is a tool to get from place to place, yes, but it’s also somewhere you sit for potentially hours each day, a place you might sit in with windows closed in the winter, and somewhat of a small home from home. Treat it as such.

Know What To Do

All of us neglect to think that it could happen to us, but it is entirely possible that sometime during our road journey, we might get into an accident. If this does happen, we knock on wood that it is a minor thing, with zero injuries. But sometimes, you’re not as lucky. It’s best to plan for this ahead of time. Know what to do if an issue occurs.

Keep a first aid kit somewhere easy to reach in the front cabin. Keep the window-smashing tool close in case you need to escape. Learn how to check yourself for injuries and others before assessing the damages and getting out of the car. Learn how to exchange information and to have your friends act as witnesses to your story, as they will likely wish to express what happened from their point of view. Also, keep the contact information for an excellent car accident attorney close to hand.

These efforts can help you show that you are responsible and that you acted responsibly should an accident happen.

With these tips, you’re more likely to hold yourself to a higher standard when driving passengers and you should expect that in return.

Lou Ann Hammond

Lou Ann Hammond is the CEO of Carlist and Driving the Nation. She is the co-host of Real Wheels Washington Post carchat every Friday morning and is the Automotive, energy correspondent for The John Batchelor Show and a Contributor to Automotive Electronics magazine headquartered in Korea. Hammond is a founding member of the Women's World Car of the Year #WWCOTY, and board member of the Women in Automotive.

One Comment

  1. Tim Reply

    Well said! I think that often people neglect the cleanliness of their car and don’t see it as a potential health hazard for not only them but also their passengers! Keeping your and fresh is so important

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