Jul 3rd, 2008, 06:17 PM
You know I like a spirited drive within the limits, I'm safe and confident with my driving technique. But put me in the passenger seat and there are certain people that really scare the crap out of me:eek:
Has it every occurred to you nearly everyone feels they are the safe driver and actually you could be scaring the crap out of your passengers? Unless there is a need to be brisk I always drive slower with passengers although that is probably easy for me to do as 80% of my driving is alone. Like most subjects it's not completely black and white, I have had some high speed runs where the driver makes me feel relaxed and of course jealous of their abilities.
Oh and is there anyone who as a front seat passenger doesn't occasionally find themselves pushing an imaginary brake pedal early for the driver :D ?
Jul 3rd, 2008, 06:18 PM
i am not a great passenger at all, slow and over cautious drivers make me a bit worried plus i love driving :D
my pet hate is when i am a passenger on the motorway, when a car in front lightly and needlessly applies the breaks the driver feels the need to apply the brakes a bit harder, when simply de throttling would of been smoother and more sensible.
Jul 3rd, 2008, 08:03 PM
I realise my first post does come across as I think im the best driver in the world, which isn't the case. But its because im confident which is what my girl friend really lacks.
Maybe you should just be a bit more sympathetic to her lack of confidence when she's in the car as a passenger with you then? Drive as you wish when you're on your own but if you scare the bejesus out of her when she's a passenger she'll hardly gain confidence will she?
I have threatened to send her on a rally course!!!! HAHA
Jul 3rd, 2008, 08:08 PM
When you are the driver your mind is thinking ahead of every turn and all the times before you brake etc but as a passenger you don't have this advantage.
Sorry, don't agree with you at all there. When I am a passenger I am paying just as much attention as if I was driving (without the benefit of rear-view mirror of course).
Jul 4th, 2008, 10:11 AM
Re indicating in the initial post - you should always indicate regardless or you are asking for another road user to guess what your next move is going to be - it may seem obvious to you that you are returning to the left lane, that doesn't mean it's obvious for everyone else.
I totally agree...if your on a motorway. And I do indicate when pulling back across after overtaking. But if your on normal road with one lane per direction then surely if you overtake you are going to pull back into your left lane....only a mad man would stay in the opposite traffics lane!?!?!?
Am I just being stupid??
Jul 4th, 2008, 10:29 AM
I'm actually surprised really considering how easy it is to die in a car that the rules are not stricter re driver education etc - I'm currently looking into some advanced driver training just because I think it would be a good idea (and make me a better driver), that's after almost 20 years behind the wheel, no accidents, 3 points in all that time (dodgy un-signposted temp speed limit at night, should have fought it) and several years where my work involved driving 20-30k per year.
Based on how easy it is to die on the roads, and that 10 people per day do, I think it would be a positive design step if the airbag in the steering wheel was replaced with a large, stainless steel spike.....that'd alter people's perceptions of their own abilities :D:D
Seriously though.....this is more about our (human) need to be "in control", rather than specifically being associated with the function of driving......IMHO.