12 things a bad copilot does
The co-pilot is the sa person who accompanies us shoulder to shoulder when we make a trip .
That is aware that everything works as it should. That nothing is missing.
That companion or travel companion who makes both the pilot and the passengers enjoy the journey.
And sometimes … quite the opposite!
Vehicles, specifically automobiles, are the main means of transportation in Mexico.
More of 42 millions of vehicles circulate daily in our country.
And given the enormous traffic problems we suffer, the figure of the co-pilot is becoming more and more important.
However, there are still many people who have no idea how dangerous it is to be a bad copilot.
It is very common to hear someone speak of X person being a very bad copilot or of certain attitudes that greatly despair both the driver and the passengers.
That is why in GUROS we get together to see which are the 10 things the worst co-drivers do:
1. They do not drop the cell phone all the way:
Cell phone use is so frequent nowadays that addiction to them is already diagnosed as a disease: nomophobia.
We understand that an important part of our social relationships are based on cell phones …
But precisely the first thing a bad copilot does is grab the cell phone when they sit down and do not drop it until they reach the destination.
It is important to know that a co-pilot who is really on the slope can avoid more than 25% of vehicular accidents, simply and simply by keeping an eye on the driver and what occurs around the vehicle.
2. Distract the driver for anything
It is surprising how often a co-pilot (or passenger) tells the driver «see that» or «water with that.»
There are even co-pilots who show videos or photos on the cell phone to the pilot … while the vehicle is in circulation !!
Clearly, this is something only the worst co-drivers would do … right?
Well actually … no.
According to the INEGI , in the year 2016 There were 3, 244 vehicular accidents that were caused by a pedestrian or passenger.
During the same 2016, the Report on the situation of Road Safety in Mexico reports that in 1, 300 vehicular accidents had some kind of incident in the mishap the «Talk to someone else.»
If you want to significantly reduce the probability of having an accident, avoid distractions to the driver by the co-pilot (or any passenger), unless it is strictly necessary.
And if it is necessary for them to attract the driver's attention, ensure that it is always for a clear, direct and prompt reason, to avoid the driver being distracted more than is strictly necessary.
3. They put their feet on the dashboard of the car:
The co-driver who loves to put his feet on the dashboard of the car is a classic, especially on long journeys.
This is something that only the worst co-drivers do, for two reasons:
- It can reduce the visibility of the driver, especially when making turns or lane changes, which can cause an accident.
- But also, in the event of an accident, airbags can cause the knees to crash into the passenger's face, increasing by more than 500% the probability of suffering fractures of the cheekbones, knees, jaw and can even cause loss of sight.
In case your knees hurt or you need to stretch your legs, better try to stretch inside the car and take advantage of the next stop to get out of the vehicle and stretch your legs.
4. They always have the windows open (even on the road):
Sometimes it is necessary for new air to enter the vehicle from outside, especially so that the air inside the vehicle is recycled or if there is a dizzy passenger.
Even if we perceive an intense smell that bothers the driver and / or passengers or the windows are fogged due to a drastic change in temperature and humidity inside the vehicle with respect to the outside.
For these reasons it is normal and advisable to open the vehicle's windows momentarily.
What is not correct and only the worst co-drivers do is keep the windows open during the entire journey, especially when the trip is on highways or high-speed roads.
First, because noise distracts the driver and can bother passengers.
Second, because it makes it difficult to perceive certain auditory signals that can help prevent an accident, such as horns, sirens, or any other noise on which we rely when driving.
It is best to only lower the windows when strictly necessary.
5. They play the music at full volume:
Music is a way to liven up trips … and to turn them into a real torture too.
We understand that there are some songs that are more enjoyed at higher volume.
However, playing the music at a high volume greatly limits the pilot's response speed to auditory signals that can prevent an accident.
With the music at full volume, a horn or siren may not be heard, so it is advisable to turn the music at a volume that does not affect the driver.
6. They fall asleep the moment the vehicle starts and do not wake up until they reach the destination.
There are certain people who touch the car seat and it is as if an ACME anvil falls on their head and they fall asleep.
Not for a little while, no.
All the way. Even if it lasts 6 hours.
Doing this while being the co-pilot makes the driver depend solely on himself to perform certain actions, important when driving, such as:
- Uncover a bottle to drink water
- Get a tissue
- Putting on or taking off your glasses in case of sun …
There are countless things in which a co-pilot can make the driver less tired or have less stress while driving.
Especially on those trips of more than two hours, talking with the co-pilot makes the trip less tiring.
If you are one of those people who falls asleep fast or are tired before making a car trip, give the passenger's place to someone who will be pending throughout the journey.
7. They argue with the driver and demand anything from him.
Perhaps the route is not the best. Maybe the speed is not adequate or the pilot braked or turned more abruptly than we would have liked.
Or it was not fixed and even an exit was passed.
Whatever it is … nothing justifies an argument with the pilot while driving.
Emotional tension makes the driver much less focused on the vehicle and driving, and much more on the discussion that occurs inside the vehicle.
This reduces the speed of response to braking, traffic signals, road hazards and other factors that increase the probability of causing an accident.
In addition, the tension of the discussion causes stress in the driver, which increases the fatigue he feels.
That is why if you go as co-pilot and driver does something that you do not like, it is best to comment on it calmly, without creating a discussion about it.
8. They scare the driver with unnecessary or unclear noises :
It has happened to you that you are in the car and suddenly one of the passengers screams very loudly …
Why did you see a bug?
Or why did you see something “incredible” that you want everyone to see?
This type of high-pitched sounds cause a huge start in the driver, who immediately assumes that the scream is due to something that affects the vehicle he is driving.
Perhaps it is a vehicle that is approaching at high speed. Or there is an animal on the road.
That is why the driver's natural reaction is to maximize muscle tension and quickly search for the reason why the copilot or passenger is shouting.
This is typical of a bad copilot: yelling senselessly over insignificant things.
If there is something that the driver needs to see urgently, we should be clear about what is happening.
A clear start is to say: A car is coming straight ahead! Or slow down! Or watch out for the tire on the road!
Scream: AAAAAAAAHHH !!! it's no use.
Providing a clear instruction on what is happening helps the driver see it faster and react.
Yelling without a clear message alters and reduces that reaction speed.
9. They do not check anything before leaving:
Every vehicle, due to its normal use, gradually wears out.
We hit potholes, tire pressure, oil and antifreeze levels drop, the lights break down…
A bad copilot gets in the car without checking anything.
A good copilot checks at least:
- Validates the fuel level
- Check what the estimated route will be and put it in the GPS
The best co-drivers, also:
- Validate that they carry the card of circulation inside the vehicle
- Check that all passengers are wearing a seatbelt
- They check if their TAG has an exit or that they carry cash for pay the booths (if it is necessary)
- They make sure to stop to check the level of the tires before leaving
- Check that your car insurance is current and that have the policy at hand
- Check that the car has a spare tire and tools
- Make sure they wear the reflective vest and that the car has the minimum necessary security elements
10. They constantly contradict the GPS:
It's maddening that when you're driving someone tells you: it's not there.
You missed the exit. This path is much slower. Why did you get in here …
But, in addition, the worst co-drivers are known to be experts in opposing the GPS.
Those people who tell you: You have to turn here !! » three meters before you have to turn.
And many times the correction is not even right …
This causes drivers to make sudden maneuvers, sudden turns, hit brakes, and other violent reactions that can cause an accident.
It is best to activate the voice of the GPS and tell you the instructions in time, although sometimes there is an error on the route.