/ BLOG / The [correct] rules of Calling Shotgun

Sionide has listed the rules of shotgun, in his recent blog entry. I’m afraid that whilst I mostly agree, there are a few “mistakes”. As such, I hereby post the correct rules of calling shotgun, in order of priority.

  1. You must be able to see the car in question.
  2. Shotgun cannot be called whilst inside a building (unless you are in a multi-storey or underground car park.)
  3. Shotgun cannot be called in advance, only whilst on the way to the car for the journey.
  4. Automatic SWMBO shotgun is a given if the female in question is a recognised significant other of the driver, but she must not abuse the privilege and only call it on roughly one third of all journeys.
  5. You cannot declare shotgun if someone has previously declared shotgun for that journey, providing;
  6. On the call of shotgun, the driver can call reload, this means that all calls of shotgun before that are void and the first person to call shotgun again gets the seat. This can be used when there is a simultaneous call and the driver is unsure of the outcome, also a shotgun has two barrels so a reload can only be called once.
  7. When simultaneous shotgun is called, and reload is not considered, there is then a foot race to the passenger side door from the all the people who called.
  8. Once shotgun has been called and decided for the front seat then back left and back right can be called, thus leaving the fifth person to travel in the middle.
  9. In the instance that the normal driver or owner of a vehicle is drunk or otherwise unable to perform their duties as driver, then he/she is automatically given shotgun.
  10. In the instance of both the normal driver and the owner of the vehicle being unable to perform, the owner is automatically given shotgun.
  11. Once the journey is under way, the person occupying shotgun must not fiddle with the radio.
  12. Shotgun overrules dibs, bagsy’s and all other calls!