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When a passenger gives [[UnwantedAssistance constant advice]] or [[ControlFreak orders]] to the person behind the wheel. The HenpeckedHusband's wife or mother-in-law will do this a LOT. The LogicalExtreme is a passenger who actually grabs for car controls (usually the wheel). In RealLife, there ''are'' legal consequences for this.[[note]]Usually, the person who grabs the controls assumes responsibility for the vehicle, which means they are to blame if the vehicle crashes, but have not broken the law if they take over from a suddenly incapacitated driver.[[/note]]

The role can occasionally be played by the GuyInBack, reminding the AcePilot not to burn up all of their fuel, or warning him of enemies coming up on their six. Of course, this is ''part of his job'', but too much implies a lack of trust between them, or a certain [[NewMeat fresh inexperienced quality]] about the guy in back.


[[folder:Anime & Manga]]
* Yusei constantly gives this to Crow in the 2008 ''Anime/YuGiOh5Ds'' show. Which Yusei tends to always show that ''BigBrotherInstinct'' attitude of his. And that he had more experience turbo dueling than his buddy; Crow.

[[folder:Comic Books]]
* A severely injured and distressed Dwight [=McCarthy=] becomes one in the ''ComicBook/SinCity'' story ''A Dame To Kill For''. Subverted in that Marv, the driver, takes his advice.

* ''Film/DrivingMissDaisy'' - Daisy starts off like this because she is angry about needing a chauffeur.
* In ''Film/BroadcastNews'', Jane gives specific, practically turn-by-turn directions to cabbies on a regular basis as part of her "need to be in control at all times"[[BuffySpeak -ness]].
* ''Film/IndependenceDay'' has the space ship variant where Creator/JeffGoldblum constantly shouts orders to Creator/WillSmith who tells him not to be a "side-seat driver".
* ''WesternAnimation/Madagascar3EuropesMostWanted'':
-->'''Marty:''' Stop backseat driving!\\
'''Alex:''' I'm ''passenger seat'' driving!
* A plane varient in ''Film/SkyCaptainAndTheWorldOfTomorrow'', where Polly and Joe argue on the best route through town during rush hour.
* ''Film/ItsAMadMadMadMadWorld'' - Milton Berle's character has his mother-in law (Ethel Merman) taking this role to heart in a race to buried treasure. She bellows "We're the ones in the ''Imperial'' and we're in ''last place?''" Later, she continues barking orders to different drivers in different vehicles.
* Quite literally in ''Film/CannonballRun'' 2 when two of the characters participating go in a car with a very visible driver seat that has a ''orangutan'' suppose chauffeuring them. Turns out they're really driving the car from the backseat.
* ''Film/ThorTheDarkWorld'': ''Loki'', of all people, is this to Thor:
-->'''Loki:''' Don't hit the buttons, press them gently.\\
'''Thor:''' ''[hitting the buttons harder]'' I ''am'' pressing them gently!\\
'''Loki:''' Look, why don't you let ''me'' take over, I'm clearly the best pilot.\\
'''Thor:''' Is that so? Of the two of us which one can actually fly?\\
'''Loki:''' Now they're following us. ''[shots]'' Now they're ''firing'' at us!\\
'''Thor:''' Yes, ''thank you'' for the commentary, Loki! It's not at all distracting!
* Two chase scenes involving the hero not driving:
** Comedy example: ''Film/TheNakedGun'' has Frank [[FlashedBadgeHijack entering a vehicle asking them to]] FollowThatCar... and it's a [[DrivingTestSmashers driving school car]].
** Serious example: ''Film/{{Taken}} 2'' has Bryan guiding his daughter Kim as he both checks the GPS on directions to the US Embassy and fires some shots at times.
* Played with thrice in ''Film/TomorrowNeverDies'':
** Bond escapes the arms bazaar at the beginning by flying a fighter jet out, only to have a terrorist in the backseat try to strangle him. "Backseat driver" is literally the BondOneLiner when he ejects the bad guy!
** Needing a quick escape, Bond is forced to dive into the rear seat of his BMW and drive it from a cell phone screen. FridgeHorror ensues when one realizes, with the extent of the damage suffered to the BMW, Bond would be a dead man had he driven "properly" - and lampshaded with the soundtrack title.
** Later, both he and Wei Lin are handcuffed together and must jointly ride a motorcycle, complete with bickering.
* In ''Film/StarTrekBeyond'', Spock and [=McCoy=] hijack one of [[BigBad Krall]]'s drone ships. [=McCoy=], who has some experience piloting one, grabs the controls that are slightly above the main compartment, while Spock is busy with the communications equipment in the forward area. As Spock continues to give [=McCoy=] advice, the Doctor exclaims, "Damn backseat driver!", causing Spock to shut up about the piloting.

* Averted in ''Literature/TheSilkworm''. Protagonist Cormoran Strike lets his pretty assistant drive on the Motorway because of his prosthetic lower leg; when they encounter a dangerous collision close up, he tries to emergency-coach her. It turns out that [[HypercompetentSidekick Robin has taken advanced driving classes]] and handles the danger far better than he ever could have.
* ''Literature/{{Animorphs}}'': When Marco steals Cassie's dad's truck, Jake spends the entire trip yelling at him. [[DrivesLikeCrazy For good reason]].
--> '''Jake''': Do you hate trash cans? Is that it? Do you just '''''[[NotSoStoic HATE TRASH CANS?!!]]'''''\\
'''Marco:''' I can't drive with you screaming in my ear.\\
'''Jake:''' You can't drive at all!


[[folder:Live Action TV]]
* ''Very'' prevalent and always {{Deconstructed}} in ''Series/CanadasWorstDriver''. At times, the ''nominator'' needs more rehab than the driver does.
* Perhaps the epitome of a HenpeckedHusband, Richard Bucket ([[ItsPronouncedTroPay pronounced "Bouquet"]]) suffers this from his wife in ''Series/KeepingUpAppearances''.
-->'''Hyacinth:''' "Mind the pedestrian, Richard."
-->'''Richard''', panicked and braking: "Where?!"
-->'''Hyacinth''': "On the ''pavement'', Richard."
** As this is [[Creator/TheBBC a British]] show, "the pavement" means the ''sidewalk''.
** Hyacinth has also been known to reach over and honk the horn. At a ''policeman''.
* Happens all the time on ''Series/TheAmazingRace'' when teams are tasked with driving themselves. As a bonus, because of the way the camera crew positions themselves in the car, the non-driving teammate is always positioned directly behind the driver.

* ''Radio/OurMissBrooks'': In "Game At Clay City", Mr. Conklin appoints himself navigator and gives a steady stream of orders to Miss Brooks.
* A sketch on the British radio show ''WeekEnding'' featured the car itself as this. The Austin Maestro featured a voice synthesiser to issue warnings to the driver - a supposedly amazingly futuristic innovation which was universally derided by the public. The sketch portrayed the synthesiser as a BackseatDriver which continually nagged and hassled the driver, annoying and distracting him so much that he ended up wrecking the car.

[[folder:Tabletop Games]]
* The ''TabletopGame/{{Warhammer 40000}}'' GaidenGame ''TabletopGame/{{Gorkamorka}}'' had a skill called Backseat Driver. When a character with the skill was in a vehicle the driver could use their stats instead of his own for some driving checks.

[[folder:Video Games]]
* ''VideoGame/GrandTheftAutoIVTheBalladOfGayTony'' has Luis do jobs for various [=VIPs=] hanging around at the club. One of them is a drunken celebrity, Cloe Parker, who makes sexual advances on Luis by grabbing the wheel.

[[folder:Western Animation]]
* ''WesternAnimation/DuckTales1987'', "[[Recap/DuckTalesS2E2SuperDuckTales Super [=DuckTales=]]]": When Launchpad is attempting to start the U.S.S. ''Jumpstart'', both Scrooge and [=GizmoDuck=] yell instructions at him from their chairs. Launchpad dismissively calls them "backseat astronauts."
* Master Splinter in the 2003 ''WesternAnimation/{{Teenage Mutant Ninja Turtles|2003}}'' show.
* The Creator/TexAvery cartoon "Cars of Tomorrow" features a car (currently the page image) specifically built for Backseat Drivers... with the steering wheel and controls literally in the backseat!
* An early episode of ''WesternAnimation/KimPossible'', Mr Barkin is driving several students in the school's Driver's Ed car, who keep commenting on his driving.
--> ''Don't distract the driver!''
* WesternAnimation/TheFairlyOddParents (episode "Spaced Out") proves this trope applies to spaceships as well.
* Lisa Simpson of ''WesternAnimation/TheSimpsons'' sometimes acts like this. For example, from "Homer the Heretic"...
-->'''Lisa:''' Give it a little more gas. No, no, that's too much. You know what I think would help?
-->'''Marge:''' WHAT!? ''WHAT'' WOULD HELP!?
-->'''Lisa:''' ...Nothing.

[[folder:Real Life]]
* {{Implied|Trope}} -- some vehicles, notably the Toyota Yaris, have the instrument cluster mounted in the center of the dashboard, between the driver and front passenger. While there's no proof that any manufacturer's implementation of this design is to explicitly support backseat drivers (though it does simplify manufacturing left and right hand drive models), there's no proof that it ''isn't'' either.
* The valid case of the trope is a driving instructor to assist new drivers. Their vehicles are equipped with passenger-side controls in case the inexperienced driver is about to make a collision. Similarly, many airplanes are designed with this trope in mind, with two sets of pilot controls so that the crew can divide the work of flying the aircraft between them, or to aid in instruction of newer pilots. In the case of tandem-seat aircraft, the GuyInBack can literally be a BackSeatDriver if he takes the controls from the guy in front.
** And some types of attack helicopters, such as the AH-64 Apache, are designed so the pilot sits in the back seat (elevated so he can see over the top of his Guy In Front), leaving the Gunner up front with an unobstructed view [[DeathFromAbove of his targets.]]
* A [[TankGoodness tank]] is typically arranged with the commander in the turret, and the driver in the hull in front of the turret. The commander, of course, determines where the tank should be driven to. And before intercoms, communication was maintained by kicking the driver's shoulders.
** A MundaneMadeAwesome crossover of a wife doing backseat driving, and a tank, was the BattleCouple of Ivan and Aleksandra Boiko, of the [[RedsWithRockets 48th separate Guards heavy tank regiment]].
* [[LiteralMetaphor In a very literal form of this trope]], cars like the page image ''did'' exist early on in automotive history. One such vehicle was the Woods Spider.
* A twist on this idea is "backseat gaming", which tends to crop up in livestreams and LetsPlay videos, and involves giving unsolicited advice or directions to the player (or more severely, ordering them around). While everyone has their own thresholds, the general rule of thumb is that you should only offer help if the player specifically asks for it; otherwise you're just going to piss off the player, and more than likely incur the wrath of the moderators.
* Have you dreamed you were the backseat driver? Relax. It's a very, very common recurring dream. There are many folk explanations for this dream, but none have yet earned scientific validation, so take any explanation or interpretation with a grain of salt.