The question we are asking today is: What kind of driver are you? It seems like a pretty simple question, but it is actually pretty deep. There are tons of different kinds of drivers out there. Some good, others…not so much. The problem is, if people fit into a bad driver category, they don’t want to admit it. They deny that they are that “type” of driver, and they try to fool themselves and everyone around them. So as you are reading about these different types of drivers, really think about if it describes you. Remember, the first step to recovery is admitting you have a problem!
The Defensive Driver
Now, this is one of the few good categories we will talk about. This is a driver who is always scanning his mirrors and taking a defensive approach. He knows that he can control his car, but he also knows that he can’t control what other people are going to do. If you are going to be a defensive driver you always have to be on your toes. Yes, this can be exhausting to say the least. However, your efforts will be rewarded. Not only will you stay safe, but your insurance will go down since you will be involved in less accidents and get less speeding tickets!
When people drive slow, they like to think that they are playing it safe. This is not always the case. For example, look at the motorway. If you have people flying down the road and someone just putting along, they are actually putting themselves and others at risk.
Now, I don’t like to point figures, but typically it is older folks who are guilty of this. You know, grandma and grandpa driving their old prehistoric car down the road. It’s kind of ironic, as since they are older…you would think that they would be in a hurry to get where they are going! That being said, there are a number of other slow drivers out there too. Like the dude in the car in front of you that is never quite sure where he’s is going…oh man does that get annoying!
The Oblivious to Everything Driver
I think Jerry Seinfeld said it best: “What is the age people get to when they just stop looking when backing up. It’s like they are saying, I survived…let’s see if you can.” Now, during that bit, he is talking about older drivers, but oblivious drivers are just as bad. These are the drives who are in their own world when driving. They lane change without looking, they back up without checking behind them, and typically never use their turn signals. They really aren’t trying to be annoying, they just don’t think! When driving around these kinds of drivers, you have to be on your toes. You have to watch out for what they are going to do next, because believe me, they aren’t going to watch out for you!
The Amber Gambler Driver
Everyone has done it. You see a traffic light switch from green to yellow and what do you do? You speed up of course! Deep down we all know that is not what your suppose to do, but people do it anyway. These drivers believe that if the light is anything but red, they are going through it. Unfortunately, this is taking a big risk. You never know just how long that light is going to stay yellow, and you’re likely to cause an accident.
Music Blaring Driver
It is mostly the teens that are guilty of this one (and I am ashamed to admit…I have been in this category before). Picture this: you’re sitting at a red light, you hear a thumping, it gets louder, it starts shacking your car, and you look over to see a car blaring its sound system. Mostly this is just annoying. However, it can also be dangerous. When the music is that loud in the car, you can’t hear anything else. Horns honking, sirens, a car accident, the end of the world….nothing! All you can hear is that music, and it makes you almost as bad as the oblivious driver.
The F1 Racers (aka Speed Demons)
No I am not talking about the speeders that are going 5 over the limit. I am talking about the people doing 80mph in a 45mph. There are two people who drive like this. There are the people who are actually in a hurry and they are going to do everything humanly possible to reach their destination on time. Whether it is just a haircut appointment or they are late for work, they are going to drive as fast as their little car will take them. The other people who drive this fast are the ones who think it’s cool. What they don’t know is no-one else thinks they are cool. After all, when they go shooting past, we all think the same thing, “Man…I hope they get busted.”
The Child Discipline Driver
Typically, soccer moms are bad about this, but any family with a lot of kids can fit into this category as well. You know the ones I am talking about. They are flying down the motorway, and Suzy and little Johnny are acting up in the backseat. Instead of pulling over to handle this situation, the mom or dad attempts to handle the situation when driving. Trying to discipline your kids in the back seat with your right arm while steering with your left, or the other way around, hardly ever works out. Believe me, if you hit someone (like me) going down the road because you did not want to take the time to stop, you’re going to be late for whatever it was you were trying to get to in such a hurry.
So what kind of driver are you? I missed a few categories, so if you have more let us hear about them in the comments below!Author's Google+ Page