The Four Personalities You Meet on the Road

If you want to be a safer driver, be aware of the four kinds of personalities on the road

Chances are, you’ll recognize yourself as one of these personalities and — more importantly — you’ll spot these personalities among other drivers. Knowing how you and everyone else reacts can help you predict and avoid collisions.

The timid driver

The timid driver is the one who drives slower than the speed limit and sometimes brakes without warning on what appears to be a clear road. They can slow sooner than most on an approach to intersections and they are likely very slow to start off again when the light turns green. They appear to be easily startled by driving conditions

How to drive around these drivers: Give them lots of space if you’re driving behind them because they might brake suddenly. Don’t get aggressive. Their style might annoy you but it will make them more timid and unpredictable. Just pass them and keep driving

The aggressor

The aggressor pushes the speed limit, edges into traffic with very little space, and shouts at other drivers even if no one can hear them. The aggressor drives their vehicle pretty hard and they don’t have a lot of patience for slow drivers or unpredictable ones

How to drive around these drivers: Be predictable. Give them plenty of space. Don’t be intimidated if they drive by you while shaking their fist

The distracted driver

The distracted driver might be the parent with three kids in their minivan or they might be the business person with a cell phone. Regardless of the distraction, the result is the same — an activity that requires 100% focus (driving) only gets about 50% focus (or less) because there is something else that is pulling their focus away. These drivers can be unintentionally unpredictable and, as a result, might not speed but might brake or turn suddenly

How to drive around these drivers: Steer clear of them. Their unpredictability is very dangerous. Don’t bother trying to alert them to their lack of focus; they won’t notice you anyway

The show-off

This driver might seem like an aggressor but they have a louder vehicle and something to prove. Therefore, they are easy to provoke and don’t want to be shown up on the road. Passing seems to them to be an invitation to race. Stop lights are just a countdown to a fast take-off

How to drive around these drivers: You’re probably better off behind them (and you won’t be close behind them for long because they’re sure to speed off). Don’t get drawn into foolish driving with them and don’t provoke them to show off

Being aware of these personalities and driving carefully around them won’t solve every collision but it will help to reduce the likelihood of collisions that are caused by “personality conflict” on the road.

If you do get into a collision, bring your vehicle to Boyd Autobody & Glass. We’ll work quickly to get your vehicle safely restored and back out on the road.