Friday, February 26, 2010

Driving Behaviors and Personality

When you drive the same route to and from work for a few years, you start to notice the same drivers everyday and their driving habits. Some have good habits, others bad, a few are awful. I started to wonder what these behaviors said about their personalities. Could they be indicators of more bad behaviors in other areas of their lives?

I started to formulate my own thoughts on what specific driving habits translated into certain personality traits. I also found there are a lot of sites on the Internet associated with this idea in mind. I didn't read too much into it as I wanted to share my take on this area of psychology. Below is my un-scientific list of driving habits translated to personality traits.

Good Behaviors
  • Using signals to change lanes. * You make promises and follow through on them. You don't let people down. You have good communication skills.
  • Keeping a safe following distance. * You are a cautious person, your trust is earned, not bestowed.
  • Coming to a full stop. * You are consistent in what you do and are a stickler for the details. You practice what you preach.
  • You drive a reasonable speed for road conditions (less than 10 mph over the limit). * You are a realistic person who is well grounded and centered. You do not deal in absolutes.

  • You give other drivers the right of way. * You are a considerate person and volunteer to help others.
  • Bad Behaviors
  • Tailgating. *You know what you want but you bully your way to get it. You are overbearing.
  • Excessive speeding/Zig-zagging through traffic. * You have no consideration for anyone but yourself. You are self centered and pompus.

  • Driving the speed limit in the passing lane. * You are inattentive and complacent. You have no goals in life.

  • Not having your lights on in the rain or snow. * You are arrogant and think you have all the answers. You have unrealistic expectations.

  • You fail to remove all the snow from all areas of your car. * You are lazy and unmotivated. "it's good enough" is your motto.
  • You fail to hold a steady speed. You are inconsistent and don't finish what you started. You leave people hanging.
I'm not a Psychologist and you may not see things as I do, and I'm sure there are many more of these I could add to the list like "what does talking on the phone" say about you, but I'll leave that one and others for you folks to ponder.
Below is a link to the Psychology Today's page to take the "What type of driver are you?" test. I took it and I think I scored pretty well. How did you do?
My Results.


jen said...

Funny quiz. I wasn't expecting to have to recall questions from driver's training!!
I scored an 18. My driving is limited to my work commute and errands, as Hubby thinks my road rage is much worse than it is so he does all the other driving.
I'm a big talker though...lots of cursing, but I'd never actually pull over to confront someone! You never know if the other guy's more crazy than you, right!?

jen said...

oh, I also wanted to mention you might be able to find a vintage suitcase for your suitcase rack!