Tuesday, May 12, 2009

Backseat Drivers

They drive me nuts. OK, if I'm about to hit something/someone, please speak up. Otherwise, zip it. I don't want you to tell me I'm driving too fast, too slow, or to be careful. I have driven in Honduras where 2 lane roads become 3 lanes when people move to the side so you can pass. I've driven in Panama where people don't even look at the road. I've driven in Germany on the Autobahn. I think at this point, I know how to drive.

When the backseat driver is only 3 feet tall, and 3 years old, it really annoys me. That's right, Paige is already a backseat driver. She tells me to be careful, that I'm going to fast & I'll get in trouble. Or, she tells me I'm not going fast enough. It doesn't matter if I'm going the speed limit, there's no one else around us, it's bumper to bumper traffic. My little backseat driver pipes up & tells me when to stop at red lights. And when to go at green ones.

If anyone has a way to park the driver from the rear of the vehicle, please fell free to share. Or just feel free to commiserate. I like comments!


silver star said...

I'm not a parent, but maybe saying something like, "I'm glad you know that red means stop and green means go, but it's very rude to tell the driver of the car what to do, so please don't do that anymore."

Bri said...

OMG my kids do this all the time. My oldest daughter likes to read the speed limit signs and my oldest son likes to tell me when the lights changes. My middle baby tells me to go, even if the light is red and there are cars in front of us. Adam (Paige's age) tells me to go faster and to do "rollercoaster" (drive with the windows all down). I guess I know how my hubby feels when I am always telling him to stay in his lane, stop driving like a grandma or slow down. It won't stop me from doing it, but at least I know what I sound like LoL

Bri said...

P.S. If you want her to stop, maybe turn it into a game instead. "Paige, what does yellow mean?" or "Paige, what did that speed limit sign say?" if she can identify numbers. Or just distract her with an I-Spy game instead. :)