Worst backseat drivers: husbands and wives

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Who makes the worst backseat drivers?

Husbands and wives, hands down.

"Micromanagement from the backseat critics can turn a scenic drive into a battle of wills," said Michelle Megna, managing editor of Insurance, which commissioned the new survey on worst backseat drivers.

Among female respondents, 34 percent said their husbands were the worst passengers, with their unwanted directions and snarky comments, followed by their mothers (18 percent) and friends (15 percent).

Forty percent of male respondents pointed to their wives as the worst offenders, followed by friends (17 percent) and mothers (15 percent).

Turns out that children of all ages -- even young, restless kids -- are the least irritating passengers, according to the survey.

The top annoying comment mentioned by respondents dealt with driving speed, at 47 percent.

Other offending comments:

• Gives directions: 29 percent.

• Talks too much: 19 percent.

• Pushes imaginary "brake" with foot: 15 percent.

• Fiddles with radio or CD player: 10 percent.

The survey also measured worst passenger behaviors. Among these are:

• Makes faces and gestures.

• Screams about something "I'm already aware of."

• Tells me to turn after it is too late or to get over.

• Grabs handles.

• Gives incorrect directions.

• Gets car sick.

• Blocks the rear view mirror.


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