Backseat Drivers' Study Reveals Pet Peeves


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    Spouses are the worst backseat drivers, according to a new study. | June 04, 2013

Just the Facts:
  • Commenting on driving speed, giving unwanted directions and pushing the imaginary brake are among the worst backseat driving offenses, according to a new study by Insurance.com.
  • Other annoyances include talking too much, fiddling with the audio system and singing.
  • Spouses are the worst backseat drivers, according to the study.

FOSTER CITY, California — A recent survey by Insurance.com ranked the "Worst Backseat Drivers" along with their most annoying habits. Drivers are most offended by passengers who comment on their driving speed, give unwanted directions and push the imaginary brake.

Other annoyances include talking too much, fiddling with the audio system and singing.

Spouses are the worst backseat drivers, according to the study.

The agency polled 500 drivers in February and found that 40 percent of men said their wives are the most annoying backseat drivers. When women are in the driver seat, 34 percent cite their husbands as the most irritating passengers.

Mothers and friends also made the list of shame. Children were ranked low on the list.

Comments on driving speed garnered the most grievances at 47 percent, followed by giving directions at 29 percent and talking too much at 19 percent. Pushing the imaginary brake weighed in at 15 percent.

The study was released in time for the summer road-trip season.

Jane Greer, a family therapist quoted by Insurance.com in the study, recommends "reframing" comments when it comes to backseat driving.

"Instead of saying 'You're going too fast,' say 'I'm feeling scared and unsafe,'" she recommended.

She says drivers should also alert passengers to the fact that they don't like backseat driving.

Edmunds says: Or they could just open the door and leave the offenders at the curb.

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