Driving with passengers can be a very big distraction. This is especially true when you have just passed your test. You won’t be as experienced and having to concentrate on your driving and blocking out passengers talking to you or moving around can become difficult. It is important that you wait until you are more confident in general, before planning a long road trip with friends or being the designated driver on a night out. Sober passengers can be distracting enough but drunk passengers can be a whole lot worse.
Once you have been driving for a while and have experienced certain situations on the road a few times, then you will be more likely to be able to deal with these situations if they occur again whilst you have passengers in the car.
Being prepared when you are travelling with passengers can help keep the distractions to a minimum. For example, making a playlist before a journey can prevent constant music changes and arguments over song choice! Planning your route or becoming familiar with the route yourself beforehand will mean you don’t have to listen over your chatting friends for directions from the front seat passenger. This will also mean you probably won’t miss any turnings and end up getting lost on unfamiliar roads.
Safety is the most important thing when it comes to driving so making sure you and your passengers have your seatbelts on when travelling is vital. If you are the driver, you are responsible for everyone in the car so being a safe and sensible driver is the priority. If you are the passenger in a full car, make sure you are confident with the driver’s ability and try not to distract them!