Passengers are considered as being one of the biggest distractions to drivers. Driving requires your full attention at all times – something that isn’t always achievable when you have other people in the car with you.
Unlike with drink driving and using the phone on the move, it’s obviously not against the law to have passengers in your car. As a result, it’s much harder to stop these distractions from happening and from causing accidents.
We can however, provide you with some advice on how to avoid your passengers distracting you whilst driving.
Advise Young Drivers of the Risks
Studies show that young drivers under the age of 21 are more likely to get into road accidents when they have a car full of friends of a similar age. This is because many young drivers actually view their car as being somewhere fun to spend time with their friends – they will often spend hours just driving around the area that they live.
As parents, it’s your responsibility to warn your children about the dangers of getting distracted when driving, as well as the danger of being the distraction when someone else is driving.
Secure Children & Pets Before Setting Off Anywhere
Before setting off on a car trip in which you have children or pets in the back seat, you should make sure that they are properly secured beforehand. If they require your attention when driving, you should only do so after finding a safe place to pull up and park.
You definitely shouldn’t turn your head away from the road or attempt to reach into the backseat – both of these actions could cause you to crash or to lose control of your car.
As the driver, it’s your responsibility to keep the car under control and to make sure that everyone gets to your destination in one piece. If you feel like your passengers are distracting you from your driving, or you’re struggling to concentrate, then it’s your job to tell them to that you need quiet in the car.
Don’t worry that your friends or family are going to be mad at you for asking them not to talk to you whilst driving – just explain that you’re finding it hard to concentrate on the road.
Whilst you can prevent causing an accident yourself – at some point you may find yourself victim of one that wasn’t your fault.
If you’ve been involved in a road traffic accident, we can help you out. We pride ourselves on being professional personal injury lawyers with years of experience in handling a wide range of accident compensation claims.
From MIB Compensation claims to hit and run claims, our expert team will work with you to claim what you are entitled to.
Just give us a call on 0800 0443 495 and we will be happy to arrange an appointment.