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Is backseat driving really an issue of power and control?

Is backseat driving really an issue of power and control?
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Recently, we posted an article with a list of polite habits that most people secretly dislike. The list included showing up for a party too early, showering people with compliments, incorrectly RSVPing, and oversharing too much personal information about yourself when dealing with someone else’s problems. Rounding out the top five, however, is not only something people find annoying but something that can also cause immense stress on your partner’s life. And of course, we are referring to backseat driving.

That’s right folks, correcting someone’s driving is never welcome and often, it can lead to unnecessary arguments. You might think you’re helping, but instead, you’re adding stress and showing a lack of trust. Unless you see serious potential for danger, it is recommended you keep your would-be driving instructor behaviors to yourself.

In a recent survey of more than 1,000 motorists, 14 percent reported having had an accident or near-miss because they were distracted by a backseat driver, and 51 percent say they lose their temper behind the wheel as a result of backseat drivers.

A backseat driver may think they are helping but usually, they are doing the exact opposite. 

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