Driving is a task. To drive effectively, you have to be fully engaged and after many hours of driving, it can be mentally taxing. Whenever the opportunity comes up for someone else to drive, we are usually happy to take it. The reason we don’t want to drive is because we get a break from being fully engaged. Most of us would play on our phones, take a nap, become excessively chatty or just stare out of the window at the surroundings. In fact, you’re probably so disengaged from the actual driving of the vehicle, that you don’t know how you got to your destination. This lack of engagement is a problem.
Unfortunately, society’s definition is in contrasting one in which the passenger mode is sedentary or inactive. It’s perfectly acceptable to take a nap, day dream, play on your phone or read a book. Edko does not under any circumstance want to pay someone to nap, day dream, play on their phone or read a book. At Edko, the role as a passenger is not to simply be a piece of cargo but instead an active participant in the trip. A Co-driver, if you will.
You are the navigator. You help the driver get from point A to point B. If the driver is looking at a map and driving at the same time, you’re failing at your job as navigator.
Be another set of eyes. You’re to be as engaged as the driver as it relates to the surroundings, other vehicles, etc. Aid the driver by letting them know when it’s safe to merge into a lane, if traffic is coming to a complete stop or you see an obstruction in front of the vehicle that the driver might not see.
Another set of hands. If the driver is searching for a pack of cigarettes, fumbling with their phone or playing with the radio, help them keep their eyes on the road by aiding them. Drivers should likewise utilize their passenger for such tasks.
Hold the driver accountable. If the driver is texting while driving or not paying attention, call them out! You are just as able to remind others of our safety policy as a manager is. At least practice self-preservation.
Direct the driver. If the driver is backing out, the passenger should be outside helping to back them in. Likewise, if you’re driving into rough terrain, walk in front of the truck and make the driver aware of hazards such as mud holes, branches, etc. You could help the truck from getting stuck.