March 30, 2006


The other day I had a discussion with some people regarding the rules and regulations behind calling shotgun. We ended up in huge debate over it. (Yes, we have issues because THIS of all things is what we decided to debate) After all was said and done I came home and decided to see if there were rules for calling shotgun. (Those of you that are unfamiliar with this term, it is when someone other then the driver calls out “Shotgun” in order to get the prime front passenger seat in a vehicle.) I was able to locate the following rules at Shotgun

1) The first person to yell "SHOTGUN" gets to ride in the front seat.

2) The remaining back seats may be divvied up in the same manner by being the first to call "back right seat", etc..

3) The word "shotgun" must be loud enough to be heard by at least one witness. If no witness is to be found, or in case of a tie, the driver has the final word. after all, it is most likely his car. (note: if it isn't his car, and the owner is present, the owner's decision is final. Owner must be sober, however, or he will defer his judgment to the driver.)

4) Early calls are strictly prohibited. All occupants of the vehicle (including the driver) must be outside of the building and directly on the way to the vehicle before shotgun may be called. Under no circumstances may a person call shotgun inside a building. For sake of simplicity, a garage is considered to be outside. Parking structures and detached garages are always considered as being outdoors, even if they are underground.

5) A person may only call shotgun for one way of a trip. Shotgun can never be called while inside a vehicle or still technically on the way to the first location. For example, one can not get out of a vehicle and call Shotgun for the return journey.

6) Being as how everyone is created equal, men have the same right as women to the front seat of the car. i.e. women don't own the front seat.

7) One is allowed to ride shotgun as many times as he can call it, but for himself only. No one can call shotgun for their slower friend, unless the friend has a speech or mental handicap that prevents them from calling it for themselves.

8) The driver has final say in all ties and disputes. The driver has the right to suspend or remove all shotgun privileges from one or more persons.

They even go into special rules and amendments. One of my favorites is; In the instance the driver's spouse, lover, partner, or hired prostitute for the evening is going to accompany the group, he/she is automatically given Shotgun, unless they decline. (Emphasis mine). It just goes to show you that either the people that thought this up have a good sense of humor, or really need lives.

I think this should settle all problems I have in the future with calling shotgun. Maybe I’ll print these out, laminate them and post them in my truck.

Posted by Contagion in Shenanigans at March 30, 2006 05:48 PM | TrackBack

Rules to live by. Maybe nextime you can go over the 3 second rule.

Posted by: Dr. Phat Tony at March 30, 2006 07:18 PM

Now THAT was useful info.
I will be sharing this with many.

Posted by: jimmyb at March 30, 2006 09:46 PM

You know, I guess my memory is better than I thought....those are the exact rules I tell my children- with two little exceptions-

1. *I* have to be the one to hear the "Shotgun" yell or it doesn't count and

2. If you step outside, yell shotgun, and come back in, that forfeits your shotgun yell.

Posted by: Rave at March 30, 2006 11:20 PM

If you can't get shotgun, call 'hit man', the seat behind shotgun. Hit man is always on the curb side of the vehicle, to facilitate drive-by whacking.

Either of these beats 'bitch', which is up front between driver and shotgun.

Posted by: Barry at March 31, 2006 07:01 AM

Excellent. I wasn't sure on the one rule of actually being outside of a building, so thanks for that confirmation.

Posted by: Ogre at March 31, 2006 09:52 AM

The middle seat between driver and shotgun was always the "Hitman" seat for us

Mostly because the guys wanted to slug me while I drove because they thought I went too fast heh

Posted by: BloodSpite at March 31, 2006 03:10 PM

I'm glad you added the special rule and amendment section. I've always considered a beautiful unattached (at the time) female to be the wild card. She trumps any of the guys any of the time I say so.

Posted by: Tige at April 1, 2006 02:29 PM