In the many years I found myself riding, I always preferred sitting next to the driver in the shotgun seat. This is even my ideal spot for me on buses, especially the new NYC ones with the little catbird seat behind the driver.
At any rate, there were also several years when I always wanted to be in the driver’s seat. During that time, I was no longer the passenger. Driving made me feel in control. That is no longer necessary. I have a zen-ish attitude that allows me to ride along. Riding, unlike driving, lets me look around and capture what I see. Although most of my journey is afoot, I am always the passenger now and I am ever on a voyage of discovery.