We may not see eye-to-eye all the time, but whether you drive a truck, van or car, there’s one thing that unites us all: our dislike of back-seat drivers (figuratively speaking, of course, given most trucks don’t have back-seats).
We’ve all been there. Loud gasps when the driver brakes, stamping on a brake pedal that isn’t there, and flinching when the driver supposedly drives too close to a nearby vehicle. Sigh…
A study of 2,000 motorists has confirmed the tell-tale signs you have a back-seat driver on board. The research by Accident Advice Helpline and OnePoll.com revealed that seven in ten drivers believe a passenger who freely voices their concerns about their driving, offers unwanted (and unrequested) driving tips, and criticises the driver’s decisions is a right pain in the arse (my words, not the report’s).
Other characteristics of back-seat drivers include giving advice about which lanes to use, telling the driver when to pull away from traffic lights, waving thanks at other drivers, fiddling with the stereo/heating/air con, and disagreeing with the sat nav.
However, even though these actions are commonplace, just 21% of those questioned admitted to being back-seat drivers themselves.
But the reality is, back-seat drivers aren’t just annoying, they can also be dangerous. David Carter from Accident Advice Helpline has explained back-seat driving can be a real distraction for the person driving. There’s a higher risk of being involved in an accident, accidentally running a red light, or missing a turning when an annoying passenger is on board.
Being in the cab of a truck by yourself isn’t ideal. But remember, it could be a whole lot worse…