Driver distraction by passengers

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Passenger driver distraction is one of many causes of road traffic accidents in the UK. The driver needs to make sure that they stay concentrated whilst driving to avoid accidents with other road users; it is always the driver’s duty of care to ensure the safety of all road users. Drivers can be distracted by many things such as loud music, their phone, using a navigation system, eating whilst driving, and even the passengers in the driver’s vehicle. 

Read this article to find some tips on how to be a better passenger and as a driver, how to avoid distractions whilst driving. If you have been involved in an accident due to no fault on your own, we highly advise that you contact one of our experienced solicitors at Solicitors On Your Side Scotland. 

What driving distractions do passengers pose to the driver? 

Young drivers are twice as likely to crash compared to older drivers and five times more likely when they have someone in the car. Especially as a new driver, it is exceptionally essential to be focused on the road always and not allow to become distracted. New drivers are less experienced, and it is always crucial for them to have complete focus on the road. It is always the driver’s duty of care to ensure the safety of their passengers. 

Even though adult passengers can pose a big distraction on the road, children are just as likely for the driver to become less focused. A study by the AA has found that children are four times more distracting than adults, ad infants are eight times more distracting. An overall 60% of road traffic accidents are caused by driver distraction.

Tips for passengers

To be a better passenger, you could try and be helpful instead of disturbing the driver. You could help them by trying to give the driver directions to avoid distraction. You could also help by reading road signs and looking out for any diversions and red lights. 

Avoid partaking in conversations if they could distract the driver. During busier areas, avoid distracting the driver and wait until a quieter part of the journey to have a conversation. 

Tips for drivers 

An easy solution to avoid distraction is to avoid having passengers entirely or minimising the number of passengers in the car. However, this is not always the case; they can be very helpful. They can help you keep alert on the roads and make you aware of any diversions or hazards. They can also help read any navigations to stop the drivers from taking their eyes off the road. 

Children can be distracting in the car but having another older passenger in the vehicle can help keep the child occupied. If you have children in the household, you can teach them about the dangers of passenger distractions and how important it is to be safe on the roads, so they can be better passengers, and therefore a better drivers in the future. 

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