As Jean-Paul Sartre famously said, “hell is being stuck with these jerks in the passenger seat.” Or something like that.


10.) The One Who Is Easily Startled

If you’re going to shout “oh my god!” please do it for a good reason, not for a crazy text you received or for a pedestrian crossing the street 100 yards away.

Suggested By: afaik, Photo Credit: Shutterstock


9.) The One Who Throws Trash Everywhere

Do whatever the hell you want with your car, but if you’re in my car, clean up after yourself. You wouldn’t just leave your trash everywhere in my home, would you?

Suggested By: ninjagin, Photo Credit: Raphael Orlove/Jalopnik


8.) The One Carrying Illegal Contraband

Don’t carry around illegal contraband if you’re in someone else’s car, especially if you fail to tell the driver. Nobody wants to be an unwitting smuggler.

Suggested By: kahpentah, Photo Credit: Axion23


7.) The Shitty DJ

A lot of commenters around here don’t like when passengers control the radio at all. I don’t think that’s a problem, as long as they play cool music.

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There’s a subtle art to being a good car DJ and when it’s done right, it’s amazing. When it’s done wrong, though, there’s nothing worse.

Here’s an example: if you’re taking a drive through the countryside on a crisp-autumn morning, Dubstep is not the right choice.

Suggested By: T off the New, Photo Credit: tsurutakoji


6.) The Bad Navigator

If you’re giving someone directions while they drive, maybe tell them what to need do before they need to do it, not after. “Oh sorry. You should have taken a left there.”

Suggested By: Admiral Akbar, Photo Credit: mroach


5.) The Loud Talker

Stop yelling! Unless you’re riding in an incredibly loud car, there’s no reason to yell. Maybe, just maybe, the driver is trying to concentrate on, you know, driving and you’re yelling is a bit distracting.

Even worse if you’ve got multiple loud passengers.

Suggested By: Arch Duke Maxyenko, ಠ_ಠ, Photo Credit: Derek Clark


4.) The One Who Reeks

There’s no excuse to be a stinky passenger: put your shoes back on, stop smoking, control your farts, and buy some damn deodorant.

Suggested By: colorfulyawn, Photo Credit: Ernie


3.) The Backseat Driver

This one is hard for me to include because I, along with many other car enthusiasts are so guilty of this, but no one likes to be told how to drive while they’re driving.

Unless the driver asks for criticism, don’t criticize.

Suggested By: As Du Volant, Photo Credit: modernrockstar


2.) The One With Their Feet Up On The Dashboard

Yeah this is gross, but more importantly this is incredibly dangerous. You know what happens when you get in a crash and the airbags go off with your feet of the dash? You don’t have feet anymore.

Don’t ever do this.

Suggested By: Jcarr, Photo Credit: Kolin Toney


1.) The One Who Doesn’t Wear A Seatbelt

If you’re a passenger in my car, you’re wearing a seatbelt, otherwise you’re walking. There is literally no reason to not wear a seatbelt, and you’re a complete idiot if you don’t.

Suggested By: PureHate, Photo Credit: Juan de Dios Santander Vela

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