My name is Adlen and I am a back seat driver.
There, I admitted it.
What exactly does is mean to be a back seat driver? Technically, a back seat driver, as I understand it, is passenger who tells the driver what he should or should not do.
Although I don’t feel I do this excessively, my husband says I do.
He jokes (sort of) that without me to tell him what to do and when, he would just drive around in a big circle and go nowhere.
Our three children who drive agree with him about my “problem.” When I brought it up for discussion, they all ganged up on me. Our children say it’s so bad, in fact, that they don’t like to drive if I am in the car.
The truth is, I can’t help it. You see, I have never gotten a speeding ticket, and I have always been a cautious driver.
My friends cannot believe I don’t speed and wonder if I’m that driver who goes ridiculously slow, causing more trouble than speeders do.
I don’t drive under the speed limit, so no, that’s not me you speeders are always honking at.
I am, however, a defensive driver. I think you really have to be nowadays. I’m always on the lookout for the many wreckless drivers on our roads, and sometimes it seems like I am the only one who knows the rules of the road.
Near our home is an intersection where more times than not, drivers pay no attention at all to a particular yield sign. It is as if they don’t see it.
In defense of back seat drivers like myself, I feel it is simply us being helpful. When we point out that a car has its brake lights on in front of us, or when a car is merging toward us or when we see the light has turned red so slowing down is an excellent idea, whoever is driving the car should thank us instead of being annoyed.
One of my good friends drives a sports car and has something of a lead foot. When we are on the highway, I often silently pray for our survival and routinely tell her to slow down. Is that also being a back seat driver?
Do you know where Georgia ranks as far as the issuing of speeding tickets? One statistic I found said the No. 1 state where you may get a ticket is Florida. Be careful this summer when you go on vacation. Georgia is tied with Nevada for second place, so that means you speeders had better slow down and listen to the back seat drivers.
South Forsyth resident Adlen Robinson is author of “Home Matters: The Guide to Organizing Your Life and Home.” E-mail her at firstname.lastname@example.org.