Note: This post is part of the Donna G Project. This is written to and for my boys.
I hear a lot of silly variations on shotgun rules among your friends. Usually it’s them trying to weasel their way into an illegal shotgun call, but sometimes they just have bad parents who don’t teach them the right rules. I always put the hammer down, but as part of the Donna G Project, I will lay out the official rules with no uncertain terms. These rules are non-negotiable and not up for debate.
Here they are.
- First one the call “shotgun” sits shotgun.
- You must be outside to call shotgun.
- If you have called shotgun, but go back inside (no matter the reason), you have forfeit your right to shotgun. Shotgun is up for grabs the instant you go inside.
- Being inside means your head breaks the plane of a doorway. If you can keep your head outside, you still have shotgun.
- If a girl is driving and your buddy likes that girl, consider letting him have shotgun. That is not mandatory, but it is highly recommended
Rules for professionals:
- The primary job of the person sitting shotgun is to support the driver. A professional shotgun will manage maps, phones, beverages, food, music, etc., and do so in way that places the driver’s needs first. For example:
- Following a drive-thru purchase, a professional shotgun will always make sure the driver is 100% situated before opening their own meal.
- A professional shotgun will never hand a driver a cheeseburger that is still wrapped. A professional shotgun will unwrap that sandwich exactly the way the driver wants it, so the driver can focus on driving. You are the driver’s hands.
- A profession shotgun never falls asleep. They are there to make sure the driver is awake, alert, and supported.
- A professional shotgun takes the role of Iroquois Runner.
- Iroquois Runner will run any and all quick errands that are required (put a package in the mail, pick up a pizza, etc.)
- Iroquois Runner’s shotgun status is protected while running an errand, even if the errand takes them indoors.
- Following an errand, Iroquois Runner is to get back into the car:
- Through the open window (opening the door is not allowed)
- While the car is driving away
These are important rules. Learn them.