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While driving, there are all sorts of annoying things that can frustrate you or make you nervous. In most cases, they are caused by other drivers, who drive too fast for road conditions, turn or change lanes without signaling, tailgate, take up two parking spaces, or honk their horns excessively. Apart from other drivers, passengers in your own car can be pretty annoying, as well. Having an annoying passenger in your car is a huge distraction, making you lose your concentration, causing distracted driving, which often results in an accident. There are different types of annoying passenger behavior, such as talking too much or too loudly, text messaging, or fiddling with the car stereo. Also, passengers often comment the way you drive, giving you directions, telling you that you are driving too fast or too slow, basically trying to control the vehicle from the back-seat.
However, not all passengers are equally annoying. You might think that kids are the ones who annoy drivers the most, but the results of a recent survey by Insurance.com show something else. The survey encompassed 500 drivers, who were asked about who they think is the most annoying passenger, and what sort of behavior annoys them the most. 34 percent of the female drivers who were polled said that their husbands are the worst backseat drivers, 18 percent of them said that about their mothers, and 15 percent of them cited friends as the worst back-seat drivers.
As far as men are concerned, 40 percent of them listed their wives as the most annoying passengers, 17 percent cited friends, and 15 percent cited their mothers. This means that both men and women think that their spouses are the worst back-seat drivers, which is surprising, considering that children can be quite annoying passengers. But, only 7 percent of the drivers that were polled cited adult daughters, and only 4 percent cited adult sons. Teen kids ranked even lower, with only 3 percent of the drivers listing them as the most annoying passengers. Another interesting finding of this survey is that a mere 5 percent of drivers think that fathers are the worst passengers.
When it comes to the most annoying things passengers do, 47 percent of drivers think it's commenting on the driving speed, 29 percent cited giving directions, 19 percent listed talking too much, 15 percent of them said that pushing an imaginary brake is the most annoying thing passengers do, 10 percent cited fiddling with a car's stereo, 7 percent listed talking on a cell phone, 6 percent - singing, and 3 percent of drivers cited eating.
If you want to prevent your partner, mother or friends from annoying you while driving, you should talk to the passengers and agree on a route before you start driving, decide what you want to do about in-car entertainment ahead of time, and agree on how many stops you should make while travelling and how long they should be. It's important to communicate with your passengers and let them know that their behaviour is annoying and distracting, and that it can lead to an accident.