in the driver’s seat


in the driver’s seat
also, in the driving seat


  • in control of a situation
  • being in charge of a situation or a thing.
  • in a position where one has power over what occurs

Example Sentences

  1. The availability of a wide range of products has put the consumer in the driving seat.
  2. Money and talent will put you in the driver’s seat.
  3. If you are in the driver’s seat, you are in charge of something or in control of a situation.
  4. I’m in the driver’s seat now, and I get to decide who gets raises.
  5. Destinations are limitless when your dreams are in the driver’s seat.
  6. American laws put parents in the driver’s seat, which is their rightful place.


In general, it is believed that being “in the driving seat” is more British than being “in the driver’s seat,” which is more American. They both refer to having power or authority over a circumstance or state of affairs, which is the same thing. The expression’s figurative meaning and use date to the early 19th century and are derived from the driver of a horse-drawn wagon or coach, or the person in charge.

This phrase refers to the way a car’s driver controls the direction and movement of the vehicle. In both social and professional contexts, you can utilize this idiomatic term.

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