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October 17, 2011
While "backseat drivers" originated when the first horse, person, or machine driven vehicle made the mistake of carrying a passenger — the actual expression probably originated when people who drive cabs or limousines would have a literal backseat driver.
Now it's any person who sits in any seat and seems to be uncomfortable with the skills of the driver and wants to tutor said driver while the driver is at the wheel.
“Aren’t you following rather close, my dear.”
The expression must have been in common use since at least 1930, when P. G. Wodehouse used it in "Very Good, Jeeves!":
“Quite suddenly and unexpectedly, no one more surprised than myself, the car let out a faint gurgle like a sick moose and stopped in its tracks ... the back-seat drivers gave tongue.”
Any fans of “Keeping Up Appearances” knows the tongue belongs to Hyacinth Bucket (It's Bouquet!).
“Richard, turn left!”
Never mind it’s a one-way street.
In an article in Psychology Today, psychologist Ryan Howes says..."backseat driving emanates from a psychological trait that's usually considered positive—confidence that your knowledge base is solid, that you're capable enough to influence any situation for the better."
And let's face it, all drivers can use our advice, although it's meddling when we get it from other people, since we're perfect.
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