driver's seat

noun
1.
the seat from which a vehicle is operated.
2.
a position of power, dominance, control, or superiority: After the election the Democrats were back in the driver's seat.

Origin:
1920–25

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The inside of the driver's seat was made from soy-based foam, while the cover
  consists of a fabric made from flax.
He threaded the rope through the window to the organization's resident leopard
  expert, before bolting towards the driver's seat.
Most drivers, though, would tilt back the driver's seat and sleep.
When you park, no matter where or when, take the windshield wipers off and put
  them in the trunk or under the driver's seat.
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