Driving with Peers
The pressures of new drivers with passengers:
This can be a particularly risky time of your driving career. The pressures of driving in front of your friends and family when you are new to driving yourself, coupled with the freedom and adventures you can now embark upon, with limited experience behind the wheel, can be a recipe for disaster if not kept in check.
Some new drivers (and even some experienced drivers) can feel the urge to impress their passengers with their driving skills. Showing off behind the wheel is almost always going to end up in a bad way as it invites risky behavior. Drivers who push the limits for the thrill of seeing their passengers react, might drive in a way where they try to influence other roads users, for example, getting too close to the vehicle in front to make them speed up.
Passengers can be a powerful influencer and risky behaviour doesn’t always just stem from the driver. Nearly all of us can relate to a time where we felt pressure from our friends to do something, or to behave in a certain way for the benefit of someone, or something else. We don’t want to back away from such situations, as we don’t want to be seen to chicken out as this does our reputation no good, so we go along with it, usually with unpleasant consequences if it goes wrong. The same mindset and peer pressure can be found with driving where drivers and passengers can choose to engage in these behaviours. The added bonus though with combining this behaviour in a car on the road with other drivers and riders about, is that it won’t be long until someone is hurt, and cars and property is damaged.