Quiz: How Bad of a Backseat Driver Are You?

Is backseat driving dangerous, or is it just a nuisance? Sometimes, the more eyes on the road, the better. But other times, backseat driver distractions can add up to cause car accidents.

So, are you a backseat driver? And, no, we don’t mean literally driving from the backseat, though we’ve seen that happen, too. Take our five-question quiz below to find out!

1. When you’re riding shotgun in the passenger seat, you:

A. Take in the scenery or read quietly.

B. Chat with the driver or play music.

C. Keep your eyes on the road ahead in case the driver misses anything.

D. Watch all the other cars and give the driver play-by-play commentary on their actions.


2. What do you do with your feet when you’re a passenger in a car?

A. What do you mean? They’re just on the floor in front of me like normal.

B. I like to prop my feet up in the window or on the dashboard.

C. I tend to tap my feet nervously.

D. I’m pressing on phantom gas and brake pedals as if I’m the one driving.


3. What tends to happen when you’re the navigator?

A. I just let an app calculate and give the directions and stay quiet.

B. I tend to wait until the last moment to tell the driver when and where to turn.

C. I repeat the instructions that the app just said in case the driver didn’t hear.

D. I get upset if the driver isn’t in the correct lane for the next turn even if it’s miles away still.


4. The driver’s cellphone starts ringing from its spot in the center console. You:

A. Pretend that you don’t hear anything.

B. Answer it on speaker and shoot the breeze with whomever it is.

C. Glance over at the driver to make sure he/she doesn’t try to answer it. Maybe even silence it.

D. Tell the driver to pull over NOW so that he/she won’t be distracted with thoughts about whoever called.


5. The driver seems to be accelerating too slowly on the onramp to merge.

A. Oh? I didn’t notice.

B. Maybe a faster song choice will make him/her want to speed up. It’s no big deal, though.

C. I’d suggest speeding up a bit to be able to merge safely.

D. Ugh! I hate when people don’t know how to merge! I might yell at him/her, and it absolutely makes me jumpy.



Mostly A:

You don’t have a care in the world.

You might be a little boring to travel with, but at least you’re not a distraction – even if you’re no help, either.

Mostly B:

You’re just enjoying the ride.

You’re generally a fun traveling companion whose chitchat and cool tunes could impact the driver’s ability to focus. However, it’s still his or her responsibility to control the situation.

Mostly C:

You’re a bit of a backseat driver.

You might be a tad annoying to anyone who drives you places. We wouldn’t be surprised if most of your friends just let you drive instead. On the other hand, your attentiveness can be very helpful.

Mostly D:

You’re the worst kind of backseat driver.

You may have some dangerous backseat driving habits. In that case, you’re doing more harm than good. While your heart is in the right place, you’re distracting the driver at best, and you might also be destroying your relationships in the process. Your need for control likely extends to other matters as well.


Article’s Conclusion
Instead of telling everyone else how to drive, you might want to think about how not to be a backseat driver. Especially for teen drivers, studies show that passenger distractions lead to triple the likelihood – or more – of getting into an automobile accident. The best approach to backseat driver safety is to help the driver keep his or her attention on the road without causing excess stress in the process.