Are You a Backseat Driver But Don’t Realise It? Read This to Find Out
Automologist MAC knows all the traits of a backseat driver…because he married one.
I used to enjoy the outings with my family in our car until a few years ago when I made a fundamental mistake – I encouraged my wife to drive. There is of course nothing wrong with your wife driving; I was raised in a house where mum did just about all the driving, so having a lady drive me around is perfectly natural. No chauvinism here on that one. But it would appear that I have created a monster. Gone are the carefree days when I could meander through city traffic as I saw fit—oh no, those days are long gone. Now I receive an almost unending ear-bashing about my driving habits from ‘she who must be obeyed’, also known as the wife.
Gasping when I hit the brakes a little too sharply, reminding me about the speed limit, using an imaginary brake, telling me I am VERRRRY close to other traffic and telling the Sat-Nav off for wrong directions are just a few of the many annoying habits she has picked up.
So here are my top thirteen fave-hates when I am behind the wheel and my wife is not:
- Disagreeing with the Sat-Nav and then giving me contradictory directions. (Actually, I love it when she does this and we get lost.)
- Exaggerated ‘acting’ display, such as covering of face with hands; this also covers deep inhalations of breath and tutting. Sweetheart, just say it.
- Fiddling with the controls, especially the air-con controller.
- Waving thanks to other motorists on my behalf (especially when I didn’t want to thank them).
- Getting road rage on my behalf.
- Changing the music or just turning down the volume. I am a rocker, I like it LOUD!
- Pressing the imaginary brake pedal. (Actually, this often makes me laugh which is usually when the argument starts.)
- Reminding me to put on my seat belt.
- Giving advice on which lane I should be in.
- Reading out road signs, especially speed limits, to demonstrate that perhaps I should modify my driving.
- Flinching, for any reason at all, but especially when she thinks I am about to hit another driver even when I am clearly miles away……..okay, inches.
- Telling me to indicate, particularly when I am already in a turning lane.
- Telling you that she told you to slow down just as the cops stop you for speeding.
So, if you tick the boxes above, you too are a backseat driver. And thus, if I ever offer you a lift, it may be best to take the bus. My wife, though, is actually a very good driver and perhaps I should listen to her a little more, and I wouldn’t have gotten that ticket at the weekend.