Study pinpoints the worst backseat drivers

June 7, 2013 12:00 AM

Nobody likes a backseat driver. Not only is their input distracting, but it often aggravates the real driver to no end. A new study from set out to find just who makes the worst backseat drivers and whose "advice" is the most unwelcome. 

According to the survey, husbands and wives make the worst backseat drivers. About 40 percent of men and 34 percent of women claim their spouses are frequently irritating to drive with, with friends and mothers also earning a significant number of votes. Approximately 47 percent of drivers claimed that hearing about the speed they were cruising at was the most annoying thing, while 29 percent said that people giving directions often caused trouble. Other negative actions included talking too much, stepping on an imaginary brake and interfering with the music. 

However, there are some things drivers can say to keep the commentary to a minimum. 

"Tell them, let's keep the conversation light, or if I don't want to talk, don't take it personally, it's not about you, it's just how I am when I'm driving," said Jane Greer, a relationship expert. "As a passenger, you don't have to understand it, but you have to accept it." 

There's not much you can do to avoid backseat drivers, but you can make sure you've had a car tune up so you and your passengers know the vehicle is safe enough to drive on the road. 

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