Are you a backseat driver?

United States
March 8, 2008 2:03pm CST
My aunt is visiting Phoenix from out of town and is staying with some friends on the far side of town. Phoenix is huge and she is in a part of town I'm not familiar with, so naturally, we Mapquested the directions. My boyfriend printed out the directions and told me I'd have to navigate. When you are driving with someone else, do you navigate when you aren't asked? Are you guilty of telling the driver what to do and where to go and "Oh watch out for that", "You're going to fast, you need to slow down", "This isn't the way", "We're lost"! Or maybe you insist on always driving, because you can't stand the way other people drive. Or perhaps you are the one shouting out at other drivers about their driving habits? What are you guilty of?
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
8 Mar 08
I don't so much "help" as drive the route. I am particularly good at braking. I put my foot on an imaginary pedal and brake like hell! I hate driving with my Dad who cannot drive and think. Once he starts mulling something over he starts to lose speed, eventually he realises and put his foot down. Our journeys go 30 -70 -30 -70. I do a lot of braking then!!
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• United States
9 Mar 08
LOL. I am also very good at braking on that imaginary pedal. I don't do it as much as I used to. I try to look out the passenger window to take my mind off the fact that I'm not driving. If I even make a slight motion with the imaginary brake my husband asks me if I want to drive! He hates to back seat drivers I guess!
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• Canada
9 Mar 08
p1kef1sh....if my son saw your "post" he would say I have written it! I drive him crazy, because I have an imaginary Brake Pedal, too! And I usually react quite quickly, I wished I could "brake" the habit. LOL! It really does bother him! And my ex-husband, was exactly like your Father, Mind in neutral...car in gear! Driving to the speed signs in their minds, that don't correlate with the road signs. Have a great one!
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@p1kef1sh (45647)
9 Mar 08
LOL. Thank you both.
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@wolfie34 (26881)
• United Kingdom
9 Mar 08
Driving, whether back seat or in the driver seat has a therapeutic affect on me for some reason, I am so calm, rational and never suffer with road rage, I am a courteous driver and will take things in my stride, if there are roadworks, so what I have time to think, or sing along to the songs on the dvd. If someone cuts me up, so what they want to get somewhere quicker then so be it. I ain't going to start honking my horn at them, I love driving it's calming, soothing and it's quality time for myself.
@Hatley (161788)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Mar 08
Wolfie good for you if more drivers took that attitude maybe therewould be less shootings on our freeways anyone who eggs on someone with roadrage is in a very dangerous spot. You sound like a laid back sort of person to me and thats really good.
@mummymo (23709)
10 Mar 08
I am guilty of front passenger seat driving with my other half but it isn't my fault - he does drive too fast and isn't as good a driver as I am! lol xxx
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@mrpippo (756)
• United States
9 Mar 08
i love my mom but every time she calls me and asks me to take her somewhere i'd rather hire a limo to take her she has got to be the worst backseat driver in the world
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@Modestah (11195)
• United States
9 Mar 08
I am the one who drives! lol. and my beloved is the worst of back seat drivers I have ever encountered... complete with facial gestures, latching on to the sides of the seat or the door handles, groaning, ssssss ing and all imaginable shouts of caution. poor thang!
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@stvasile (7317)
• Romania
9 Mar 08
I hate it when people do that. When someone is driving, you should let him drive, that's why he/she is called "the driver". If not, you should grab the wheel, but for Heaven's sake, leave the driver alone! :)
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@Aussies2007 (5339)
• Australia
9 Mar 08
No... I never did that... But if I am sitting next to the driver... I watch the road in the same manner than if I was doing the driving... and I am prepare for anything. If I did not like someone's driving after one trip with him/her... I would not get in their car again. I take my driving very seriously. And those who don't... are idiots. I never had an accident in 40 years of driving... and I intent to keep it that way. During my first 20 years of driving... I broke every law in the rule book... but I was always safe. I rarely took risks... and when I did... they were calculated risks. Back seat drivers are very annoying... But sometimes I would love to have a navigator sitting next to me with a map and telling me which way to go. lol
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@ebberts (786)
• United States
9 Mar 08
This is a problem with my husband and myself. We are both use to driving ourselves so when we are in the car together, we tend to give each other directions. sometimes we both get agravated at the other. But if I don't think he see's an on coming car, I can't keep my mouth shut. My mom actually had a card that was a back seat drivers license. I guess I need one to.
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• United States
9 Mar 08
I usually drive. I never do anything as a back seat driver when other people are driving. I hate when people to that to me. Its almost like if you dont like it why dont you drive? For one person in general he always wants me to drive but complains about every little thing. I hate it. But yet when I tell him he can drive instead he dont want to.
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@shymurl (2769)
• United States
8 Mar 08
I don't like to drive but I am guilty of being a backseat driver. Especially when my husband is driving. I constantly saying "theres your turn", "watch that car", "green light," just all kinds of things. I know it aggrevates him but I just can't help it.
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@maddysmommy (16243)
• United States
8 Mar 08
OOps guilty of this LOL now that we have one of those GPS systems he uses that and I keep quiet ... well try to LOL A couple of times I shout at other drivers that cut in front of us and then I reach out to beep the horn, that really pi$$es my hubby off LOL I'm afraid that one of these days a car will actually hit us and all I am concerned about is my 5 yr old son in the back seat getting hurt.
@ellie333 (21029)
8 Mar 08
I only ever drive myself and if I am not driving I will be using public transport so never had the opportunity to be one, but years ago I pulled my car over and told my dad to get out and walk if he didn't like my driving. He apologised and got back in and on the return journey apologised again. He wanted me to go faster initally but the visibilty on the motorway was zero and I told him in no uncertain terms I would get him to the airport safely and on time but I would not risk my life and those of others to do so. He thougt I was driving too slow but it was torrential rain. Ellie :D
@KKKBsmom (1094)
• United States
17 Mar 08
I am guilty! LOL I have done it... and to this day I still have to keep my mouth shut as much as possible when I am in the passenger seat.... I don't do well at all!
@Hatley (161788)
• Garden Grove, California
11 Mar 08
I can still hear my dad bawling out my mom. Margaret if you don't quit backseat driving I am going to get out and let you drive. that usally put an end to the fuss as my mom had never learned to dive. My dad even back then could get an early model ford up to sixty or seventy miles an hour I think he perfected that out of need to get to his patients who might be ten miles away. My dad was the town doctor and the country doctor of Butte county in South Dakota.