Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum  

Go Back   Speed Trap Hunter Forum: Best Radar Detectors, Laser Jammers, Laser Detectors, Speed Cameras Forum > National Motorists Association (NMA) Discussion Group & Forum > NMA Articles
Radar Detectors Forum Logon:


NMA Articles National Motorists Association (NMA) Articles

Reply
 
LinkBack Thread Tools Search this Thread Display Modes
  #1 (permalink)  
Old 2010-02-07
NMA Reporter NMA Reporter is offline
Senior Member
 
Join Date: 2008 Feb
Posts: 125
NMA Reporter is on a distinguished road
Exclamation The Backseat Driverís Companion

NMA Article: The Backseat Driverís Companion



By Eric Peters, Automotive Columnist


People who like to drive rarely enjoy being driven — and are often tempted to second-guess the driving of others when not behind the wheel themselves.


Usually, it’s not a good idea.


Here’s a Backseat Driver’s Companion — a short list of Do’s and Don’ts to follow when someone else is behind the wheel:


1) Hold your tongue.


You may not like the way someone else drives; maybe they don’t notice the light’s turned green as fast you might; maybe they’re more hesitant than you might be pulling into traffic or merging. Maybe they don’t drive as fast as you would like.


But unless there’s an immediate danger you’re pretty sure the driver hasn’t noticed (a kid on a bike about to run across the road, for instance) proper etiquette is to remain silent, even if you’re stewing inside. When you’re back in your own car again, you can drive how you like. Hectoring those who don’t drive as you might isn’t going to change their ways; it’s just going to create stress — and may even make them drive unsafely.


2) Don’t second-guess.


Maybe you do “know a better way” to get across town — or “just know” the car will fit in that parking spot up ahead that looks pretty tight. Ultimately, however, it’s not your call.


It’s fine to give advice — if it’s asked for. Just don’t hector and nag imperiously. You may in fact be a much better driver, know the quickest way to get across town — and could easily parallel park the car in that tight space up ahead. But since you’re not behind the wheel, it really doesn’t matter, does it? So, grin and bear it. Everyone will be the happier for it.


3) Abide by “House Rules.”


That means (within reason) doing what the driver asks. It’s his car, he gets to lay down the law. If the driver asks you to wear your seatbelt, for example, it’s right and proper to do so without complaining — even if you prefer not to wear a seatbelt in your own vehicle. Same goes for smoking, eating and drinking. If it’s not your car and you’re not driving, deference is the order of the day.


4) Don’t create distraction.


It’s unsafe to yak on a cell phone while driving because your attention’s not fully focused on the task of driving the car. For the same reason, passengers who distract the driver can be just as dangerous — even more so, since the driver has little or no control over how passengers behave. You can turn off a cell phone; it’s virtually impossible to “turn off” a passenger creating a distraction in the back seat. This is a problem for teenagers and young drivers especially. Put a bunch of kids in the backseat — and a kid up front in the driver’s seat — and the odds of a distraction-induced accident go up several notches.


Also, if animals are on board, keep them under control. A dog running amok inside a car is another great way to set up a tragic accident-via-distraction.


5) Offer to share the driving.


On longer trips, it’s courteous to make it known you’re willing to help with the driving — if the driver wants a break. This should be done in a non-confrontation way. Don’t say, “I’ll take over now.” Say something along the lines of, “Whenever you feel like taking a break, let me know. I’d be happy to drive some of the way.”


So long as you’re not offering a critique of the other person’s driving — and implying you could do a better job — the offer will usually be taken in the right spirit. And there won’t be a potentially dangerous test of wills: You waiting for the driver to get tired and slip up (so you can point out the slip-up); the driver adamantly refusing to admit he’s getting tired and letting you spell him — just to prove he’s a better driver than you think he is.


Comments?

www.epautos.com


Are You A NMA Member? If not, read about the benefits and then join!



The Backseat Driver’s Companion


Further Reading:


© 2009 NMA
Digg this Post!Add Post to del.icio.usBookmark Post in TechnoratiFurl this Post!
Reply With Quote
Reply



Thread Tools Search this Thread
Search this Thread:

Advanced Search
Display Modes

Posting Rules
You may not post new threads
You may not post replies
You may not post attachments
You may not edit your posts

BB code is On
Smilies are On
[IMG] code is On
HTML code is On
Trackbacks are On
Pingbacks are On
Refbacks are On



All times are GMT -4. The time now is 11:38.


©2019 SpeedTrapHunter