Here’s a bit of fun to brighten a gloomy Bank Holiday Monday… which of these seven driving personalities best sums you up?
The list has been compiled as part of an ongoing study on the social psychology of road safety by Goodyear tyres and a team of social psychologists from the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE). The researchers organised focus groups and carried out in-depth interviews with European drivers based on how they deal with their own feelings and their uncertainty as to the behaviour of other road users to reveal the following:
1) The Teacher: needs to make sure other drivers know what they have done wrong and expects recognition of his/her efforts to teach others
2) The Know-it-all: thinks he/she is surrounded by incompetent fools and contents themselves with shouting condescendingly at other drivers while being protected in their own car
3) The Competitor: needs to get ahead of all other drivers and is annoyed when someone gets in the way of that. He/she might accelerate when someone tries to overtake them or close a gap to prevent anyone from getting in front of them
4) The Punisher: wants to punish other drivers for any perceived misbehavior. Might end up getting out of his/her car or approaching other drivers directly
5) The Philosopher: accepts misbehavior easily and tries to rationally explain it. Manages to control his/her feelings in the car
6) The Avoider: treats misbehaving other drivers impersonally, dismisses them as a hazard
7) The Escapee: listens to music or talks on the phone to insulate him/herself. Escapees distract themselves with selected social relationships so that they do not have to relate to any of the other drivers on the road. It’s also a strategy for not getting frustrated in the first place.
In all seriousness though, Olivier Rousseau, Goodyear vice president of consumer tyres in Europe, Middle East and Africa, commented on the results: ” Most of these behaviors can lead to dangerous situations on the road. Understanding what type of behavior we exhibit and what situations provoke it is a first step for all of us to better control it, thereby creating a safer driving environment for ourselves and others on the road.
“Besides effective enforcement of laws against aggressive driving; education and life–long learning remain the most powerful public strategies to address this social and emotional aspect of driving and to achieve the greatest improvements in road safety.”
Denna Bowman, Head Office