Safe Driving on a Drive Date! Tips for Driving so that the Passenger Seat Partner Doesn’t Feel Anxious

Safe Driving on a Drive Date! Tips for Driving so that the Passenger Seat Partner Doesn't Feel Anxious
Laugho Haremi

Hello! This is Rafu, and Haremi!

On a drive date with the two of us.




What’s wrong?


I was a bit surprised because we were going pretty fast when turning the curve.


Sorry, sorry, lol. I’ll be careful next time.


Was I really going that fast…?

What do you keep in mind to drive safely when on a drive date with your partner?

You want your partner to feel at ease in the passenger seat while you’re driving, right?

But there might be moments when, even though the driver thinks everything’s fine, the partner in the passenger seat feels scared.

In this article, we’ll explain the moments that might make your partner feel anxious in the car, and the driving techniques necessary to avoid that.

What you will learn from this article.
  • What to do when the partner in the passenger seat feels anxious about the driving.
  • Driving methods that won’t make them feel anxious.
  • Things to keep in mind for a drive date.


Actions to take when the partner in the passenger seat feels anxious about the driving.

Telling me that the driving is making them feel anxious.

Have you ever been told something like, ‘The driving is a little scary’?

If you hear such comments, make sure to listen carefully.

Your partner is driving for you, and even though they may feel bad about saying it, they are telling you anyway.

Some people might tell you directly, while others may indirectly express their feelings by saying something considerate like, ‘I wish we could drive a little more slowly.’

If they become anxious, it can take away from the enjoyment of what should be a pleasant drive date, can’t it?

Grabbing the seatbelt, or bracing their feet.

If you notice them tightly gripping the seatbelt or bracing their feet, they are feeling anxious about your driving.

People tend to exhibit these behaviors when trying to protect themselves.

If you’re unsure what specifically about your driving is making them anxious, it might be a good idea to ask.

The body stiffens for a moment.

Have you ever stiffened up when you were scared?

When riding in a car, you might stiffen up and tense if you feel danger.

If the partner riding in the passenger seat exhibits such behavior, they might be feeling anxious about the driving.

Tips for safe driving.

Don’t press down hard on the accelerator for sudden acceleration; instead, accelerate slowly.

From the driver’s perspective, a slight acceleration may feel normal, but to the person riding in the passenger seat, it might feel like a sudden acceleration.

This happens because the driver is consciously accelerating, but the passenger isn’t anticipating the increase in speed, so they may be surprised and feel as though it was a sudden acceleration.

To avoid making the passenger feel anxious, it’s a good idea to accelerate slowly when you want to increase speed.

Brake gently and with ease.

The person riding in the passenger seat can’t know when the driver is going to brake.

If you brake suddenly, their body will lurch forward.

If the jolt is strong, it can even result in a whiplash-like condition, so caution is needed.

Driving like that can make the partner in the passenger seat feel anxious.

When you brake, doing so slowly and with ease will lessen the burden on your partner in the passenger seat.

Slow down to take the curve.

When trying to take a curve at high speed, centrifugal force pulls your body outward.

This is also difficult for the passenger to anticipate, so slowing down to take the curve allows them to ride with confidence and ease.

ey points for driving without causing anxiety.

Maintain an appropriate distance between vehicles.

If the distance between your car and the one in front is too close, the partner in the passenger seat may feel anxious.

This anxiety might actually be greater for the passenger than for the driver, and the reason is that they realize they can do nothing if there’s a potential collision with the car in front.

Also, if the car in front suddenly brakes and comes to an abrupt stop, you will also have to apply the brakes suddenly.

In such a situation, the partner can’t feel relaxed while riding in the passenger seat, can they?

What is an appropriate distance between vehicles?

It is said that an appropriate distance between vehicles when driving at speeds up to 60 kilometers per hour is the speed minus ’15’ in distance.

So, if you are driving at 60 kilometers per hour, a distance of 45 meters between cars is considered adequate.

By the way, if you are wondering how to measure the distance between vehicles, the length of the white lines on general roads is 5 meters, and the interval between them is also 5 meters.

By counting the number of white lines, you can calculate an approximate distance and maintain an appropriate distance between vehicles.

Avoid sudden lane changes.

Sudden lane changes can not only startle the partner in the passenger seat but also the surrounding cars, leading to accidents.

It’s important to make lane changes with plenty of time to spare, and to signal your intentions to the surrounding cars by activating your turn signal in advance.

Be conscious of keeping the car centered in the lane as you drive.

Absolutely! Staying centered in the lane is essential for the safety of both the driver and the passenger.

It ensures that the vehicle has a sufficient buffer on both sides, reducing the risk of collisions with other cars or objects near the road.

When you’re out on a drive date, it’s all about enjoying the journey and making sure both you and your partner feel comfortable and safe.

By paying attention to these driving habits, you can provide a more pleasant and enjoyable experience.

It’s a sign of consideration for your partner and also a good practice for safe driving in general.

Things to Keep in Mind When Driving with a Partner

Be mindful of whether your partner in the passenger seat is feeling anxious or not.

Sometimes, when your partner is in the passenger seat, they might feel uneasy but hesitate to express it, especially if you’re the one driving.

However, a date or outing in such an atmosphere of anxiety isn’t enjoyable.

Take a look at your partner’s behavior and try to gauge if they might be feeling uneasy.

Just showing this consideration can often alleviate their anxiety.

Communicating with Your Partner in the Passenger Seat

It’s often difficult to determine whether someone is scared of driving or not.

Engaging in communication with your partner while they’re in the passenger seat and checking if they feel anxious is definitely a viable option.

If you’re unsure, directly asking them can also be a good approach.

Saying something like, “I’m being cautious while driving, but are you feeling scared?” can provide a sense of reassurance to them.

Since it’s a special driving date, you’d definitely want your partner to enjoy the experience as well.

Not Getting Frustrated in Traffic Jams

Getting frustrated when caught in a traffic jam can make the partner in the passenger seat feel uneasy.

Frustration may lead to aggressive driving and can spoil the atmosphere inside the car as well.

While it’s understandable to want to reach your destination quickly, especially on a date, consider your significant other and try as much as possible not to get irritated. Remember, the journey is as important as the destination, and maintaining a calm demeanor will contribute to a more enjoyable experience for both of you.

Summary | Focusing on Driving in a Way That Ensures Your Partner Feels Safe and Comfortable

We’ve introduced some tips to ensure that your partner can ride comfortably in the passenger seat.

For a memorable driving date and a fun time, why not review your driving habits? It’s a small effort that can make a significant difference in creating an enjoyable and relaxing experience for both of you.

Laugho Haremi

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