Back Seat Driver


Are you a Backseat Driver?

Are you a backseat driver or do you dread going places with your spouse or loved one because you know they will comment on your driving every mile of the way?  7 out of 10 drivers say there is nothing more annoying than a backseat driver and the worst culprits are partners closely followed by parents!

Top 20 signs of a backseat driver:

1. Criticising the driver’s decisions behind the wheel

2. Complaining about the driver going too fast

3. Gasping loudly at any slight braking movement

4. Flinching when they feel the driver is too close to another vehicle/obstacle/wall etc

5. Complaining about the driver going too slowly

6. Pointing out when to turn off or onto a road at a junction

7. Pressing an imaginary brake pedal

8. Advising on which lane the driver should be in

9. Telling the driver when the traffic lights have changed to green

10. Insisting on giving directions

11. Interfering with the music

12. Swearing at other cars’ drivers

13. Gesticulating at other road users

14. Getting road rage on the driver’s behalf

15. Waving ‘thanks’ at other drivers for letting you out

16. Reading out the road signs as they pass

17. Changing the in-car temperature

18. Holding your hands over your face

19. Closing your eyes frequently when someone else is driving

20. Disagreeing with satnav

Tips for dealing with a backseat driver:

Backseat Driver

Make the driver aware of the dangers – In a recent survey 14% of drivers reported having an accident or a near-miss because they are distracted by a backseat driver.

Give them a task – Keeping them busy can help, if they have a task to focus on such as navigating they might comment on your driving less

Find something to listen to – Audio books or podcasts are a good choice because you have to be quiet and listen!  Music can be a good choice if you have the same tastes and can agree what to play!

Plan ahead – If you know your route and where you plan to stop on the way this will leave you with less to disagree with whilst enroute

Consider changing your driving style! Maybe your backseat driver has a point – Do you drive too fast? Are you too close to the vehicle in front?  If so maybe it’s time to change old habits and you’ll be a safer and happier driver.

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