When you are traveling in a car, there is nothing worse than a passenger who won't stop telling the driver how to drive. A lot of the time, passengers who are like this think that they are helping the driver by being a second set of 'eyes'. However, a lot of the time, these types of passengers are doing nothing more than simply annoying the driver and causing all sorts of undue problems.
Not only can 'passenger seat drivers' cause the driver to become distracted, but a lot of the time, these types of passengers are what we refer to as 'nervous passengers'. Sometimes, this is due to the fact that passengers have had bad driving experiences. And surprisingly perhaps is the fact that a lot of these drivers are notorious for being bad drivers! So, how is it then that they feel they are able to direct others on their driving skills? If you are driving with someone who cannot seem to stop themselves from correcting your driving or who are simply being overly helpful, you may need to have a chat with them as to how their comments affect your driving. In a worse-case scenario, you may have to forfeit driving with him or her in order to preserve your sanity.
It is important to remember that you are the person who is driving the vehicle. And while you are the driver, you are in charge of the safety of the passengers in your vehicle. There is no way that you can maintain a high safety level if your attention is divided between the person next to you and the road in front of you. You will have to make the decision. Passengers need to remember that safety should always come first. If you find that you cannot keep quiet or that someone's driving is bothering you, you have a right to voice your opinion. However, you should do so once the vehicle has come to a complete stop. If you are in the car with someone and their driving is so horrible or is seriously putting you in danger or risk of getting hurt, then of course it is OK to say something if it means that it will keep you and the driver safe.
Safety while driving is important not only for the driver but for the other people on the roadway. You need to know that driving is a privilege- not a right. Too many people, drivers specifically, take this for granted and feel that they can make up their own rules once they are on the road. A driver who is distracted by the passenger or passengers in their car may not remember to put on their indicator before changing lanes. As a result, they may not see the other car in the lane next to them. Similarly, the other driver in the other lane should be aware of his or her surroundings this way they always have ample time in which to react to sudden movements from other drivers. If you have a noisy passenger in your car, how does this affect your reaction time to the events that are going on around you?