As a passenger, where do you sit in the car?

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    Sep 02, 2014 4:52 PM GMT
    Scenario 1:
    A friend gives you and another friend a ride home. You are at the back seat. The friend in the front passenger seat gets dropped off first. You are now the only passenger. Do you:
    A) Stay in your back seat
    B) Automatically move to the front seat
    C) Only move to the front if asked

    Scenario 2:
    A friend gives you and your bf a ride home. Do you
    A) Both sit at the back?
    B) Split yourselves up so one is riding shotgun and one is at the back?

    Scenario 3:
    If YOU are driving a friend, do you feel offended if your friend sit at the back, leaving the front seat empty?

    I am asking cos I am wondering if there is any etiquette around this issue, and whether there are cultural differences.

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    Sep 02, 2014 4:54 PM GMT
    My own answer:

    1) B
    2) B
    3) I found it rude but probably would not voice it.
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    Sep 02, 2014 5:31 PM GMT
    For me, it would be:

    1) B
    2) B
    3) If he's a friend, he wouldn't be sitting in the back but, if by some chance he went to sit in the back, I'd tell him to get his ass in the front. I'm not driving Miss Daisy around. ;-)
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    Sep 02, 2014 6:06 PM GMT
    1)B
    2)B
    3) I don't think that any of my friends can physically fit in the back seat, (unless I'm driving Suburbasaurus, which is quietly rusting out behind the barn.)
    The only times that I can remember anyone doing so, it was because they were making out (way back in the day) or taking a nap on a long road trip.
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    Sep 02, 2014 6:08 PM GMT
    who gives a sh*t
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    Sep 02, 2014 8:03 PM GMT
    Suburbasaurus - LOL!

    1. I move to the front
    2. I defer to my husband, give him the front because it usually gives easier access, whereas I'm a little more compact for smaller back seats & doors. And because, believe it or not, he usually does most of the talking.
    3. I've never had a friend sit in back, leaving the shotgun seat empty. And if hubby is along we often give our friend the front as a courtesy. With my short legs I push the driver's seat way forward, so husband is comfortable behind me, and he's shorter than most of our friends, too.
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    Sep 02, 2014 8:11 PM GMT
    B
    B
    Yes, this ain't a limo ride.
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    Sep 02, 2014 8:13 PM GMT
    frabz-You-can-have-shotgun-next-time-i-c
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    Sep 02, 2014 8:49 PM GMT
    I didn't have a choice; they clubbed me on the head and stuffed me in the trunk.
  • Webster666

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    Sep 02, 2014 10:51 PM GMT
    uberick saidScenario 1:
    A friend gives you and another friend a ride home. You are at the back seat. The friend in the front passenger seat gets dropped off first. You are now the only passenger. Do you:
    A) Stay in your back seat
    B) Automatically move to the front seat
    C) Only move to the front if asked

    Scenario 2:
    A friend gives you and your bf a ride home. Do you
    A) Both sit at the back?
    B) Split yourselves up so one is riding shotgun and one is at the back?

    Scenario 3:
    If YOU are driving a friend, do you feel offended if your friend sit at the back, leaving the front seat empty?

    I am asking cos I am wondering if there is any etiquette around this issue, and whether there are cultural differences.




    Scenario 1:
    I stay in the back seat and joke that we're playing chauffeur. True.
    Scenario 2:
    One in the front. One in the back.
    Scenario 3:
    He should sit where ever he wants.

    I don't think there's any etiquette, just personal preference.
    Actually, general etiquette would, most likely, dictate that, as the driver, you are the host, and, therefore, should do whatever possible to make your guests (passengers) comfortable.
  • Apparition

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    Sep 03, 2014 12:20 AM GMT
    someone should sit beside the driver if possible for social reasons.

    If the car is a 2 door, for safety I would try to minimize the number of people in the back as well...

    ALTHOUGH if a lot of luggage is involved and it's a pain to change seats and you are dropping multiple people off a short distance away, I would probably ask the driver if he wanted someone to resettle themselves and waste time doing so.

    My friend who used to drive us around also had a rule that nobody is allowed to sleep in the car while he is driving unless he gets to as well. lol .
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:05 AM GMT
    You don't make the person offering you a ride feel like a chauffeur, and you don't put that person in the position of asking you to join him. The front passenger seat should never be left empty.
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:26 AM GMT
    Well, Duh. In that scenario, the dog would move up front.
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:59 AM GMT
    mindgarden saidWell, Duh. In that scenario, the dog would move up front.

    OMG, I once saw that, in Anniston, Alabama. And worse!

    On a cold rainy winter afternoon I found myself driving behind a pickup truck on the main street, Quintard Ave. In the single bench seat up front were 2 young guys, their big dog between them, the gun rack in the rear window.

    And sitting in the open truck bed behind them, hunched down against the cold rain and road spray, hugging their elbows, getting wet and looking miserable, were 2 young women! Not appearing to be at all dressed for that weather.

    Now that dog and the guy on the passenger side could have sat out back instead, and let the 2 women ride inside, it was a full size truck. Or perhaps one of the women was able to drive the truck, so they could both be inside, and with the dog, too. Put both guys out back.

    Now maybe there was some background story, some plausible reason for what I was witnessing. But all I could think was "You damn white trash! And you call yourselves men? You should be ashamed of yourselves!" icon_mad.gif
  • jo2hotbod

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    Sep 03, 2014 2:52 AM GMT
    Premedmuscjock saidFor me, it would be:

    1) B
    2) B
    3) If he's a friend, he wouldn't be sitting in the back but, if by some chance he went to sit in the back, I'd tell him to get his ass in the front. I'm not driving Miss Daisy around. ;-)


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    Sep 03, 2014 2:53 AM GMT
    atlanticshore saidwho gives a sh*t


    But really this
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    Sep 03, 2014 2:58 AM GMT
    Is there the potential for road head in this scenario?
  • Webster666

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    Sep 03, 2014 3:03 AM GMT
    eagermuscle saidYou don't make the person offering you a ride feel like a chauffeur, and you don't put that person in the position of asking you to join him. The front passenger seat should never be left empty.



    I wasn't referring to a 1200 mile road trip.
    I was thinking more of when one of us gives a couple of friends a ride to and from a near by restaurant, for example.
    It's not a big deal.
    I don't care where I sit.
    I'm happy to give my friends a ride, and grateful to be given a ride.
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:20 AM GMT
    Webster666 said
    eagermuscle saidYou don't make the person offering you a ride feel like a chauffeur, and you don't put that person in the position of asking you to join him. The front passenger seat should never be left empty.



    I wasn't referring to a 1200 mile road trip.
    I was thinking more of when one of us gives a couple of friends a ride to and from a near by restaurant, for example.
    It's not a big deal.
    I don't care where I sit.
    I'm happy to give my friends a ride, and grateful to be given a ride.

    Actually, I was addressing the OP, not you (I hadn't even read other posts), but since I also referenced the obvious - "chauffeur" - I can see how you were mistaken. But since you mentioned short trips, I don't care how long the trip is - the front passenger seat should never be empty, unless the trip's ridiculously short, like a block.
  • buddycat

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    Sep 03, 2014 5:00 AM GMT
    Kind of rude to sit in the back seat. Only people in cabs and those being chauffeured sit in the back seat.
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    Sep 03, 2014 7:59 AM GMT
    1. B

    2. B

    3. I don't think Ive ever had someone sit in the back seat when the passenger seat was open, unless they intended to sleep in said back seat while I drove.
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    Sep 03, 2014 1:09 PM GMT
    In the donor seat.
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    Sep 03, 2014 4:07 PM GMT
    Scenario 1 : B
    Scenario 2 : B
    Scenario 3 : I tell the person to sit in the front , as it is easier to converse .
  • Sunny_x9

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    Sep 04, 2014 5:28 PM GMT
    1 - B
    2 - no comments
    3 - I wud expect him in front seat . but its upto him

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    Sep 05, 2014 3:54 PM GMT
    atlanticshore saidwho gives a sh*t


    I am thinking, if we didn't associate passenger in the back seat with being cab, or chauffer, passengers would have taken a safer seat instead and there would have been less fatalities in car accidents.

    http://ns.umich.edu/new/releases/926-back-seat-passengers-are-safer-than-those-in-the-front-in-car-crashes

    Of course, new studies always tell you something different:
    http://www.dailymail.co.uk/health/article-1307971/Adults-safer-riding-seat-car-finds-study.html