Back seat drivers are identified as most annoying passengers
IRISH motorists have identified back seat drivers as the most annoying type of passenger. That is the finding from a survey of motorists on the topic of annoying passengers which was carried out by Continental Tyres.
48 percent of respondents highlighted ‘back seat drivers’ as the most annoying passenger followed by Fiddlers (42 percent) - those bored individuals that twiddle with buttons, air con and switch between radio stations; and Sleepers (35 percent) - those who nod off within minutes of setting off, snore, and only wake up when they arrive at their destination.
A surprisingly high 85 percent of respondents said that they have previously asked a passenger to leave their car out of frustration. However, in spite of the complaints in relation to annoying passengers, more than half of respondents (55 percent) said they would be happy to travel alone only “some of the time”.
Paddy Murphy of Continental Tyres Ireland said: ‘Driving is the time we need to be most alert and an annoying passenger can be an unhelpful distraction’.
Just over a quarter of respondents admitted they avoid getting in a car with a particular person. Drunken mates, partners and Dads were named the worst to share a journey with. Top three annoying types of passengers: 1. Backseat driver - unable to keep hands, feet and thoughts to themselves, this sort of passenger can't help but brake hard before every junction and comment on every turn.
2. The Fiddler - bored to tears by long journeys, this passenger spends hours twiddling knobs, changing stations, and playing with all available buttons on the car dashboard.
3. The Sleeper - this type of passenger is bad company because they fall asleep within minutes of setting off and snore.