This is an excerpt from motorist blog ‘The Safe Driver’:-
“We all go in the car with our friends and family and become passengers, but sometimes we really prefer to drive. It’s not always about being in control. It’s often about staying alive.
We’ve all come across drivers who scare us when they’re driving. They either go too fast when they shouldn’t or weave in and out of traffic. Sometimes they end up distracting themselves so much that they forget they’re driving. I’ve seen and heard how drivers will reach into the backseat to retrieve something while they’re driving. Do they have an issue about staying focused on driving? Do their passengers distract them? Have you ever thought about what can you do, as a passenger, to help the driver stay focused and drive safely?
One of the things I’ve often said to my students when they’re driving with their friends is to show their friends that they have control over the vehicle and can make safe, logical driving choices. If they do this, their friends will notice what they’re doing over time and may start to drive in the same manner. You know the old saying of “monkey see, monkey do”.
Don’t say anything to them; let them watch you drive through the difficult situations. Once you’ve reached your destination, ask them how they felt about the ride. If they say you drove well, explain to them what you did differently, compared to when they drove. Perhaps it will shed some light on their driving.
The other thing you can do as a passenger is to turn your cell phone ringer off when they’re driving. Leave it on vibrate so the sound won’t distract the driver. Avoid having a vivid conversation with other passengers so the driver isn’t thinking about the conversation. Keep the conversations to a minimum and if there’s more than one person in the backseat, try to keep the conversation to just those in the backseat. It’s sometimes difficult to hear what’s being said from the back when you’re in the front.”
Personally I think all motorists can’t be trusted.. go by bike whenever you can or take public transport. They have lost our trust years ago, and it really doesn’t help if they can’t be ar*ed to educate themselves further and not take an Advanced Driving Test. That says it clearly that they have no interest in good driving and they couldn’t give a toss about their passengers.