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When a passenger gives constant advice or 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.

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[[folder: Anime ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Comic Books ]]

* A severaly injured and distressed Dwight [=McCarthy=] becomes one in the ''SinCity'' story ''A Dame To Kill For''. Subverted in that Marv, the driver, takes his advice.

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[[folder: Film ]]

* ''DrivingMissDaisy'' - Daisy starts off like this because she is angry about needing a chauffeur.
* In ''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 WillSmith who tells him not to be a backseat driver.
* ''[[WesternAnimation/{{Madagascar}} Madagascar 3: Europe's Most Wanted]]'':
-->'''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.
* ''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 ''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: ''TheNakedGun'' has Frank [[FlashedBadgeHijack entering a vehicle asking them to]] FollowThatCar... and it's a [[DrivingTestSmashers driving school car]].
** Serious example: ''{{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.

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* ''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 ''KeepingUpAppearances''.
-->'''Hyacinth:''' "Mind the pedestrian, Richard."
-->'''Richard''', panicked and braking: "Where?!"
-->'''Hyacinth''': "On the ''pavement'', Richard."
** As this is [[TheBBC a British]] show, "the pavement" means the ''sidewalk''.
* 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.

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[[folder: Literature ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Radio ]]

* 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.

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[[folder: Tabletop Games ]]

* The [[{{Warhammer40000}} Warhammer 40,000]] GaidenGame 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.

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[[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.

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* 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 ''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!''

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* {{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.
* Not this trope, but cars like the page image ''did'' exist early on in automotive history.

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