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- Know-it All Driver: Most of us have encountered the know-it-all driver, who is absolutely convinced every other driver on the road is an idiot or an incompetent fool. The know-it-all driver tends to shout condescendingly at any driver they believe is not driving as they should.
- The Competitor: also known as the aggressor—this is the driver who is constantly in a battle for “first place,” even when they are not entirely sure what they are battling for. The competitor goes out of his or her way to be the first to speed away the second the light turns green and will drive around a parking lot for twenty minutes in order to get the best space. The competitor will do their best to ensure no other driver ever passes them—therefore spends a lot of time breaking the speed limit. All in all, the competitor or aggressor drives their car hard and has little patience for slower or unpredictable drivers.
- The Teacher: this driver will boldly wag a finger at anyone they feel is not following the rules of the road. When another driver weaves in and out of traffic, expect to see the teacher with a stern look on their face, pointing a finger at the driver, muttering about the lack of respect on the road.
- The Timid Driver: this type of driver can send many other drivers over the edge, particularly drivers who just want to get where they’re going on time. The timid driver always drives less than the speed limit, and will brake without warning when there is nothing—at least nothing other drivers can see—in the road to brake for. The timid driver is slow to get going when the light turns green, will slow sooner than other drivers as they approach intersections, and appear to be easily startled.
- The Neutral navigator: this driver is a mild-mannered driver who consistently takes a middle-of-the-road approach to driving, driving the speed limit and obeying all rules of the road.
- The Distracted Driver: this could well be even more dangerous than all the other types of driving personalities. The distracted driver has three children and a dog in a minivan, and is constantly turning around to see why one of them is crying, to hand over a sippy cup or to pick up a dropped toy. The distracted driver can also be the single-minded business person who is talking on their cell phone, flipping through a file and looking up something on their computer—while driving down the road. Distractions may well be the number one cause of automobile accidents, and if you notice a distracted driver, steer clear. The unpredictability of the distracted driver is incredibly dangerous.
- Nearly 62 percent of all American drivers consistently travel from five to ten miles above the speed limit.
- A little more than a third of all drivers in the U.S. sing and dance in their car while driving, with the highest number of driver entertainers found in Los Angeles.
- A bit more than a fifth of our nation’s drivers either slam on their brakes or slow to a crawl when they think they are being tailgated.
- Boston residents are the most likely to honk their horn when another driver cuts them off (27.6 percent), but overall, almost 20 percent of Americans will use their horn in that situation.
- About 10 percent of Americans admit to using curse words or crude gestures when cut off.