What Type of Driver are You?
When it comes to driving, everyone has a “type”. You’re an offensive driver, a defensive driver, a courteous driver, an oblivious driver.. etc. In some cases, you shouldn’t be driving at all.. It’s something you’ve come to accept as a driver and you may or may not even know it, so I thought I’d toss out a few types of drivers I’ve observed in my time.
The GET OUT OF MY WAY driver is an interesting breed. It doesn’t really matter how fast YOU are going, he has to go faster. There is no speed limit in his mind.. he is in a hurry to get to wherever he is going.. it’s not about you.. it’s about getting past you. He will creep.. he will honk and flash his lights.. it is an extreme emergency for him to pass you.. very important. Usually a few miles down the street you’ll see him pulled over by a cop or in an extreme accident.. either or is the life of the fast and furious GET OUT OF MY WAY driver.
The PLEASE JUST PASS ME UP I’M NOT SURE WHAT I’M DOING driver is fairly annoying. They don’t really go the speed limit because they’re unaware of the speed limit. They might be in the left turn only lane but need to get back into forward traffic.. they’ll hold up the left turn lane, signal to get into your lane, and pretty much cause a problem for everyone. They’ll be the person going 50 in a 65 and not notice they’re in the passing lane.. and not MOVE when you creep up a little… even after you pass them up they are clueless. They also tend to drive VW Jettas.
The I’M ON THE PHONE AND AM VERY IMPORTANT AND CAN’T GET OFF TO DRIVE PROPERLY driver is dangerous and careless. It’s also something most people do.. don’t lie.. you’ve done it.. and you’re probably doing it right now as you read this.. jerk.. but it’s ok.. I don’t hate you or dislike you even.. it’s a part of life.. you’re actually kind of a dinosaur since everyone texts nowadays anyways.. get with the program. Anyways… this driver will switch into auto-pilot mode and not even know it.. you ever notice that? You’re driving, having a great conversation with your friend.. talking about the old days when you could still play “ball” and in the meantime you’ve traveled 150 miles. It’s amazing.. meanwhile.. on the road behind you, you’ve cut off 27 people and caused 4 9car pileups. It’s ok, though, because you shared a moment with your bro.
The OMG LOL I’M TEXTING AND JUST HIT SOMEONE ON THE ROAD driver is awesome. They really don’t pay attention to the road for more than 20-30 seconds at a time..They are very busy texting their friends about their latest dates and meals.. it’s pretty important .. I know.. the best is when you look over and you see someone looking down at their phone, texting, and they’re in a fairly heavy traffic area.. it just doesn’t make much sense.. This type of driver is not gender-specific..
The I’M VERY OLD AND I DON’T GIVE A SHIT ABOUT YOU OR ANYONE ELSE ON THE ROAD driver is probably the most dangerous. You’ll notice things like older drivers driving into convenient stores or just really anything on the road. The really cool part of this type of driver is that they actually DO NOT care what is going on around them. They might drive slow. they might drive fast, they might even drive on the wrong side of the road.. it’s just a matter of them driving.. that is good enough for them. They’ve driven for 50 years, paying attention to all the rules.. letting jerks cut them off, being the jerk that cut people off.. now they just don’t have the mental capacity to really be aware of what the consequences of their actions are.. It’s not a good thing to drive near them.. as they are known to cause accidents indirectly.
By far the most intriguing driver of them all must be the I’M A YOUNG ASIAN WOMEN DRIVING A JAPANESE SEDAN OR COUPE WHILE USING MY CELL PHONE TO DO VARIOUS TECH THINGS. It’s not well-known why this type of drive is the worst driver on the road but all signs point towards the lack of coordination along with the genetic inability to drive effectively coupled with the desire to multitask .. ALL while driving. This molotov cocktail of a situation reminds me of when I was real young and thought about driving a car, well before I was of legal driving age. I remember getting into one of our cars and just pulling random knobs and tried driving.. well, I remember bumping the car into neutral and slowly sliding into the main part of our driveway.. I quickly hit the brakes and pushed the car back to where it was supposed to be.. Now, .. I was more responsible THEN than any of the drivers in this category ever will be in their entire lives. They drive with reckless abandon.. watch out for the Civic with a chip on it’s shoulder..
I love driving.. and I love watching people drive. It’s awesome to see what different people will do on the road. It’s cool to see the reckless young Asian woman on a cell phone cut off the get out of my way driver and to see what ensues.. usually very comical. It’s great to see the older driver go 30 on the highway and not give a shit about it at all.. driving 30.. in a Lincoln Towncar.. on I-355… and having no idea that there are people literally missing their car by inches to avoid a disaster.
You’re all probably in one of these categories.. or a mixture of them.. The goal really is to understand what you are, and to enjoy it.. and to enjoy this blog.. feel free to add-on driver types that I didn’t mention.. I’m sure everyone has an opinion..