Does your driving style accurately reflect your personality?
It is widely accepted that our mood affects how we drive: sometimes affecting our tolerance for slower drivers, our willingness to let people merge or our desire to push the speed limit.
Taking this premise a step further, it is also perceived that the smallest aspects of how we drive can be a stark indicator of the person behind the wheel. The theory is that certain driving habits and driving behaviours are indicative of types of drivers with shared personality traits. This can be as simple as where we place our hands on the steering wheel.
Tom Vanderbilt, the author of ‘Traffic: why we drive the way we do and what it says about us’, is an expert on the subject. He commented, “Considering that many of us may spend more time in traffic than we do eating meals with our family… it seems worth probing into the experience.”
We are all taught to drive with our hands in the ten-to-two position at all times. Therefore, crossing your hands repeatedly or otherwise demonstrating a lack of control over the steering wheel can cause us to fail our driving test. And with good reason.
Nevertheless, despite knowing best practice, many drivers soon develop their own more distinct (and riskier) go-to hand position when driving. A lot of us won’t even have considered ours until now as the choice is mostly subconscious. And, for that reason alone, our hand placement is considered a great indicator of our personal character.
What does your driving style say about your personality?
Take a look at the most common driving positions below to see what your driving style reveals about your personality.