When you are a passenger in a car you have the right to be safe. Drivers who speed or drive whilst distracted are putting themselves, their passengers and other road users in danger.Passegers in a car

Could your seatbelt be a life saver?

Do you always wear a seatbelt?

  • Not wearing a seatbelt could be a fatal decision, even if it’s a short, familiar journey and at low speed.
  • Did you know that you are twice as likely to die in a crash if you don’t?

Do I really need to wear a seatbelt if I’m a backseat passenger?

  • It’s just as important to wear a seatbelt when travelling in the back.
  • Anyone or anything unrestrained in the car has the potential to kill or injure in a crash.

How can you be a safer passenger?

  • Don’t distract the driver unnecessarily.
  • But speak up if you need to. If you feel unsafe in a car explain to the driver what is making you feel this way, for example;
    • If you’re in a car and the driver’s going too fast, tell them to slow down.
    • If a driver starts to use a mobile phone or is chatting and getting distracted, tell them to stop talking and focus on the road or to pull over and take the call.
  • Never encourage the driver to speed. It is better to get to your destination late than not at all.
  • Don’t accept a lift from someone who you know has been drinking alcohol or taking drugs.
  • On long journeys encourage the drive to take regular breaks. Never encourage the driver to keep driving if they are tired. They need to take a break.