Backseat driver

Definition

A backseat driver is someone who attempts to give directions or advice to someone who is in control of a situation, often without being asked or when it is not wanted.

Examples

The coach had to ask the backseat drivers in the stands to keep their opinions to themselves.

My brother is always a backseat driver when I’m driving – he’s always telling me what to do!

My mom’s a backseat driver even when she’s not in the car – she’s always telling me what route to take and how to drive safely.

Origin

The phrase ‘backseat driver’ first appeared in the early 1900s and was first used to describe someone who gave unwanted advice to a driver.

FAQs

Q: What is a backseat driver? A: A backseat driver is someone who attempts to give directions or advice to someone who is in control of a situation, often without being asked or when it is not wanted.

Q: Where does the phrase ‘backseat driver’ come from? A: The phrase ‘backseat driver’ first appeared in the early 1900s and was first used to describe someone who gave unwanted advice to a driver.