If you feel unsafe, Speak Out.
This summer, Kent County Councils road safety team launched the Speak Out campaign, aimed at giving young people the confidence to voice their concerns if they feel unsafe in a car.
Young people are being urged to “Speak Out” if they feel unsafe, as latest figures reveal 193 car occupants aged 16 to 24, have been killed or seriously injured on Kent’s roads in the past three years.
Many 16 to 24-year-olds in the passenger seat would rather keep quiet and not tell the driver to be careful, even when they feel unsafe or uncomfortable by the way they are being driven.
The aim of Speak Out…
This annual campaign highlights the serious implications and risks of not speaking out.
Speak Out raises awareness about driver fatigue, mobile phone usage, how music can affect moods of drivers and how young drivers are easily distracted by their passengers.
Kent County Council Road Safety Team Leader Vicky Harvey said:
For those who are passengers of young drivers, I encourage you to look carefully at the person in the driving seat.
Before closing your door, ask yourself: ‘do I want to give this person my safety?’ because as soon as you shut that door, the driver has complete control of what they choose to do next.
More young drivers are becoming aware that their passengers don’t enjoy reckless driving and that those who drive badly are viewed by their passengers as poor and potentially lethal drivers.
Advice for Young Drivers & Passengers
Do what it takes…
If you find yourself in a dangerous situation as a passenger, why not use some of the ideas below to help get yourself out of the situation.
- “No need to hurry mate, I don’t want to get home too soon.”
- “Can you stop the car, I don’t feel very well.”
- “I really need some air, do you mind stopping?”
- “I feel sick, can you let me out?”
- “I’ve just seen someone I need to catch up with, can you stop?”
- “I forgot I need to pick something up, can you pull over?”
Ever get the odd remark about how badly you drive? Friends and family comment on your lack of ability? If you ever feel that your passengers are worried, do something about it.
Did you know?
You are far more likely to be involved in a crash if you are being driven by a 17 – 24 year old
Understand the responsibility
Passengers can be a massive distraction to a driver – if you feel like the passengers in your car are distracting you and it is having an impact on your driving, it is your responsibility to say something.
Stay in control
Avoid drinking, taking drugs and then driving. Your passengers won’t feel safe if you are on your mobile whilst you’re supposed to be concentrating on driving.