Young passengers “too embarrassed” to speak out against dangerous drivingMon, 18/07/2016
Have you ever been the passenger in a vehicle and been subjected to dangerous driving by the person behind the wheel? Research has shown this scenario may be more common than you think, particularly among younger generations.
Yahoo! News reports:
Ninety-one per cent of young people between the ages of 17 and 25 have admitted they have felt uncomfortable or anxious in the passenger seat of a car, a survey has revealed.
Shockingly, 41 per cent of these people chose not to speak out and ask the driver to concentrate on the road.
The study, conducted by Goodyear Tyres’ Young Driver Programme, interviewed 1,000 young people to learn more about their behaviour as drivers and passengers.
It found that 66 per cent of young people had been passengers in a situation where the driver was distracted. This figure rose to 78 per cent for people aged 17 to 19.
It was also revealed that one-fifth of young passengers chose not to speak up about dangerous or distracted driving out of embarrassment about the driver being older than they were.
Kate Rock, PR manager for Goodyear Tyres UK, said: “No one should be made to feel uncomfortable whilst a passenger in any vehicle, whether the driver is older or younger.
“Peer pressure is a strong influence on young people today, but by not approaching the subject of poor driving, it is putting themselves, the driver and other road users at risk.”
Earlier research conducted by Goodyear revealed further worrying trends.
Of young drivers aged 17 to 25, 41 per cent have had an accident or near-miss in the past 12 months, with 23 per cent of these resulting from being distracted at the wheel.
Rock said: “It is vital to speak up if you see a driver is distracted, so that we, as a nation, begin to view safe driving as the celebrated way to drive – for all ages – and work to reduce the road crash statistics.”
To aid this, Goodyear recently released virtual reality app in association with the Driving Instructors Association.
The app challenges players to drive as far as they can safely while being exposed to an increasing amount of distractions and obstacles.
The most important message to take away is to not be influence by peer pressure, and do not be afraid to speak up. Telling the driver to concentrate on the road may be the difference between a safe journey and a near miss, or worse - making confidence to speak up extremely important.