6 Tips to be a Great Travel Passenger
You may or may not know but I’m a travel blogger who hates driving! Yes, you read correctly so I’m always the passenger on any given road trip.
As a passenger, you have serious responsibilities. It’s not about having a shotgun and starring out the window while the driver does all the hard labour of getting you from point A to point B. You assigned to do what’s required to keep the driver safe, happy and entertained.
Here are my ultimate tips of keeping the driver in check and tips to being an awesome shotgunner:
1. Be Alert
It can be annoying but equally important. The driver is constantly focused on the road ahead and may not be alert to the dangers that surround him or her so it’s the passengers’ job to alarm the driver of any accidents, traffic officers or any dangerous potholes they might not be aware of.
2. Make sure to pull over
We all headstrong about arriving at our destination as soon as possible but it’s vital that the driver stops every 2 hours. It doesn’t have to be for long periods. It’s to allow the driver to stretch the legs and arms and, get something to eat and drink before going back onto the long road. Don’t let the driver still argue with you about this – make it clear that it’s necessary.
3. Have snacks on hand
Before going on the road, ask the driver what he or she favourite snacks are, this way he or she won’t nag that you haven’t included some of their ideal items. Make sure to have a small cooler bag in front with you for easier access on any requested items he or she might ask for.
4. Be the DJ
The main focus for the driver is the road so it’s important that the passenger controls the music selection. Luckily, we have a tiny remote that I’m able to control the music genre and the driver just says to skip the song or not. Don’t allow the driver to distract him or herself with having to control the radio as well.
5. You the navigator
Many of us don’t own a dashboard navigator so we often rely on our phones using Google Maps. Ensure that you (the passenger) manages the directions at all times; making sure to tell the driver where the exits are, and that the driver stays far away from any devices as possible.
6. No dozing
Just because you’re not driving doesn’t mean it’s your time to be taking a nap. As much as you may be exhausted, you need to stay awake to keep the driver entertained while driving. My motto is if the driver can’t sleep then you can’t either.
7. Stay buckled
This rule doesn’t only apply to the driver but to the passengers too. Many think that because they are not the driver or are in the back seat that they do not need to wear their seat belt — they do. Stay safe and stay buckled in.
Drivers and passengers alike are responsible for being safe on the roads. While passengers (like myself) aren’t physically behind the wheel, we can distract the driver and put ourselves in harm’s way. While you can’t ever be fully protected, use these tips as well as your own to be informed.
Until the next time.