Your Personality Shows in Your Driving

You Are How You Drive

You have to admit that there are a lot of different types of drivers out there. There are the ones who try to push you off the road so they can get their gallon of milk. There are the ones who drive slow enough so that they don’t crush any wayward leaves. They are out there. And it scares me to death!!!!!

Over the years I’ve wondered why some drivers act the way they do. I get irritated, fearful for my life, and downright confused. Then I noticed that the people around me drove the same way that they do everything else in their lives. It was just on the road instead. Now I was beyond scared. Let me introduce you to some of them I have met over the years (names have been changed to protect…me).

Mr. Distracted – This person might be listening to you speak and then the TV catches their eye and they slowly turn away from you and fixate on the screen. They seem to be incapable of doing more than one thing at a time. When they get on the road, they are doing great until they see the funny painted silo in the field next to them. As they look at it, the car moves in the same direction. Only a shout, a horn, or the “reminder” bumps on the side of the road bring them back to looking straight ahead. When they want to talk to the passenger next to them, they turn their whole body to address you while speeding down the road at 65 MPH. (This is in no way talking about my father or my husband in case anyone was trying to guess.)

Mr. Deliberate – This person takes their time getting ready for work or going out. They listen intently when someone speaks. When working on a project, they focus on it and learn every detail. Behind the wheel of the car, they drive very deliberately. They pay attention to everything around them. They might not be the quickest on the road but you know that they are not reckless. (This is in no way talking about my father-in-law.)

Ms. Satisfied – This person rarely takes chances. They probably have the same meals and do not like to try anything new. They go through life the way they are and are completely satisfied with it. This person behind the wheel goes no more than 1 MPH under the speed limit, takes the same route, and doesn’t care how the other drivers react to them. They are satisfied just getting somewhere safely and you will not find them taking many self-imposed detours. (This is in no way talking about my mother.)

Ms. Go With the Flow – This person can be easily influenced by others. They find themselves going along with the crowd more often than not and seem to enjoy it. Behind the wheel, they go slow when the traffic is slow and they drive 90 MPH when everyone else is going 92 MPH. They have a tendency to scare a few passengers who are not too sure of their motives. (This is not talking about a friend of mine.)

Ms. Security – This person might take a few chances here and there, but overall they like to be safe and secure. If something scares them, they avoid it almost fanatically. Behind the wheel, they avoid all potentially scary places: interstates, semis, or congested areas. When they inadvertently end up in these situations, most shorts need to be changed afterwards by all. (This is not talking about an aunt of mine.)

Mr. Consistent – This person is pretty predictable. They have their wild moments and their calm moments but over all they are very consistent. If they like to watch a certain TV show in a certain manner, they will only watch it so. If they like their food prepared a certain way, they will only prepare it that way. In their driving, they tend to find a comfortable speed limit and stick with it. They go 55 MPH in a 65 zone AND in a 35 zone. They will find the route they like and they stick with it no matter how much longer it takes them to get to their destination. (This is not talking about my uncle.)

Ms. There is a Reality? – This person is very opinionated. They automatically assume that everyone around them thinks the same way. How they feel at that moment is understood by everyone. Reason is not something they are familiar with. Behind the wheel, they belief that it is perfectly acceptable to do whatever they need to do at that moment to reach their goal. When caught, they are in total shock that the officer would be so picky when they are going 50 MPH in a 25 MPH school zone. They had to get to work, why couldn’t the officer understand that? (I am not describing a friend at all.)

Ms. Manic – This person goes through life in a chaotic tornado. They don’t know which end is up and time means nothing to them. They are just on the go and in all honesty not sure where they are going. The speed of their day changes drastically but most of the time is a very fast passed life because there is so much to be involved in. Behind the wheel, the only time they go below 70 MPH is when stopping 5 feet before a stop sign. They do slow down around a sharp curve since 65 MPH is easily done there. They have permanent indentions in the arms rests of all passengers due to the speed of their lives. (My sister is not even in my head at this point.)

Ms. Destination Matters – This person goes through life with blinders on. They see their goal and they head toward it. If you get stepped on, you should not have been there. If they have to rearrange your schedule to accomplish it, the goal is what matters. In their driving, they are going to the store. If you are in the car next to them screaming for help because the driver is abducting you with a mask and a gun pointed at you for all the world to see, they will not see you. You are not the store. If you are in the lane next to them and they have to get over, you will accommodate because there is the store. ( I am not describing my mother-in-law at all in no way shape or form.)

Mr. Take a Chance – This person loves adventure and will try anything at least once. They experiment with proven techniques just to prove them as proven. They live life on the edge and have about 20 lives to live. Behind the wheel they rack up speeding tickets, go down roads that have never seen a vehicle with 4 wheels, and loves to see what is around the next bend of the very steep narrow road on the side of a tall, tall mountain. People with weak stomachs usually avoid their cars. (I haven’t thought of my brother in months when I wrote this.)

Ms. Perfect – This person never makes a mistake throughout their day. They are always prepared and nothing seems to rattle them. Behind the wheel they never give anyone a fright, never weave when sleepy, and go exactly the speed limit. When you ride with them, there are no complaints. (In an effort of modesty, I’m trying to keep myself out of this.)

As you can tell, the way you drive says a lot about you. So when you see a driver and the way they maneuver down the road, you know how they will be in the workplace, family life, and all other interactions.

(P.S. Anyone know how to get into the witness protection program?)

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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

RGraf, this is great! I hadn't really thought about how a person's driving can be a reflection of who they are, and I think you're on to something. :) I really enjoyed reading this, and I never once thought you were talking about real people that you know. *huge wink* This was a super fun read. :)

I had always assumed that alter-egos come out on the road...the June Cleaver mom who bakes cookies all day, then hands her husband a pipe and the newspaper when he comes home from work, then turns into a monster b*tch on the road when someone cuts her off in traffic. But maybe that's just a different type of person, like the Ms. Jekyl and Ms. Hyde type. ;) Of course, I wouldn't know anything about that and I'm certainly not thinking of myself. ;) lol!


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Tatjana-Mihaela 7 years ago from Zadar, CROATIA

He, he, he, great and funny Hub.

I do not drive, I like to be driven because of MR/Ms Manic and Mr/Ms Destination Matters in the traffic. I meditate while siting in the car, sometimes praying (who knows why). That is my way of creating safe way from point A to the point B. Traffic is crazy everywhere nowadays.

I do drive only in my dreams, red car, but road is always empty there...

Nice hub, I realy like it. Thanks.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Pam, I'm so glad I was able to keep it all hidden :). My husband pegged almost everyone immediately. Then he said that he hopes some of them don't read it. He got a good laugh out of it. I enjoyed writing it. By the way, about what each day does Mrs. Hyde surface? Want to make sure I'm off the roads and in a prayer meeting :)

Tatjana, glad you enjoyed it. Considering what Pam wrote above please don't stop the praying. I think we need more of that on the road.


JenArt 7 years ago

Yikes. Honestly, I'm afraid to think too hard about which category I fall into......


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Pam Roberson 7 years ago from Virginia

LOL RGraf! :) I think my Mrs. Hyde days are over. It's too much work to get worked up over traffic and crazy drivers. The memories of some of those incidents make me laugh now though. ;)

Your enjoyment in writing this hub shows and that's part of what makes it so much fun to read. :) Great job!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Jen, does make you think and be scared......

Pam, good to hear that. Had me worried for a while.


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Mike the salesman 7 years ago from birmingham alabama/sherwood oregon

Wow! That was your best yet! very funny and true!. Today I drove next to Mr.Bi-polar.. We would pass me then slow down, pass me again, then slow down!


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rockinjoe 7 years ago from Standing right behind you!

Hi everyone. I'm Mr.Road Rage. Nice to meet you all:)

(Nice hub, RGraf)


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AEvans 7 years ago from SomeWhere Out There

I have a split personality as I can see itis between Ms.Perfect and Ms.Maniac funny how this pinpoints us. I believe my personalities depend on the day and my mood. If I am PMS'ing then it is definitely Ms.Maniac. This was a fun one and I really enjoyed reading it. :)


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Mike, Thank you. There are probably a million types I could have gone through. But I think I ticked enough family and friends off :)

Mr. Road Rage, nice to meet. (Thank you for the compliment)

AEvens, you are one of those, eh? :)


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eovery 7 years ago from MIddle of the Boondocks of Iowa

Great job.

So what does it mean when I honk at people who pull out in front of me, making me slam on my brakes? 

Your fan and friend.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

eovery, it means that they are Mr. Selfish and Self-important and you were observant.

Thanks. :)


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Dottie1 7 years ago from MA, USA

Well I'm sorry...but ya just got to be crazy if your from Boston! Thanks for the entertainment on this blizzardy (is that a word?) night. I think I'll go out and practice some skidding! Ya, that's my plan. Gone!


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Dottie, Please be careful, Ms. Skid. We're to be getting the snow in a few more days. Instead we're getting the 20 below with winds. Yikes! Just what we need on snowy nights - drivers!!! Take care :)


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Elena. 7 years ago from Madrid

Ay, what a laugh!  I think I'd be Ms. Security –IF I drove at all, which I don't, hence my thinking that's exactly who I'd be behind the wheel! Shesh, this was fun!

(Good luck explaining it to your mother in law, though!)


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Elena, glad you enjoyed it. I'm hoping she never reads it :)


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Feline Prophet 7 years ago from India

Hehehe...great hub RG! I'm going to start paying more attention to the way people around me drive. As for me...I'm Ms. Procrastinator..."Ok, ok, I'll drive...when the flyover has been built...when the roads have been resurfaced...when pigs fly!" :P


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Ms. Procrastinator, thank you. There are days that I wish I didn't drive. Then Mr. Distraction almost gives me a heart attack and I take back the wheel.


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

After going through this hub I would describe myself as Ms.Perfectly Satisfied(I am a hybrid)..LOL

But it could be so true. I have even noticed the higher authorities like Directors even when they walk they have a certain speed and authority in the gait compared to office administrative staff who seem to be just going through the motions in their speed and body posture. A great hub and wonderful observations I must say.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

CW, thank you. It was fun writing. It has been in my mind for quite some time as I watch others. Kind of scared of where they would really put me. :)


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countrywomen 7 years ago from Washington, USA

Don't worry apply all that theoretical knowledge and you should be fine(like me not being modest and declaring myself as Perfectly Satisfied)..LOL


Eddie Perkins 7 years ago

Rebecca, very good hub.

I like the car bowing in humble submission under the tree.

I didn’t really see one that fit me, so I don’t think I’ll bring that up.

Thank you for another great hub. Sorry it took me so long to get here.  Just doing a major redo on a hub before the end of the year. ~ eddie


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Barbie-Perkins 7 years ago from Cincinnati, OH

Rebecca,

Good Hub! Much of it reminds me of myself. I am a defensive driver and Eddie is an offensive driver.

Thanks for sharing. ~ Barbie Perkins


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childcen 7 years ago from New Zealand

Its really funny! Somehow i feel that Ms. Security sounded more like me :)


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thanks guys, I've met a few other types that I might have to right about. They downright scared me :0.


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moonlake 7 years ago from America

Enjoyed your hub....I can't figure out who I am...


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Glad you enjoyed it, moonlake. Maybe you are one I didn't list. I only listed people in my family or friends (OOPS - That is not what I meant - in case any of those people should read this ) :)


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minnow 7 years ago from Seattle

Great hub! I don't really like to drive. I'd rather take the bus, which makes my friends and family crazy, as though I've given up my independence. I do think that how someone drives is reflective of personality--very interesting insight. Minnow


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Thank you. I've been scared watching how others drive. So many people are arrogant.


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Sally's Trove 7 years ago from Southeastern Pennsylvania

From one Ms. Perfect to another, I enjoyed your Hub enormously. I've been pretty sure for quite a while that I'm perfect, but now you just confirmed it. ;)

I have a relative who works with the US Marshall's office, WP Division. If you REALLY, REALLY, think you need this service, let me know. Thumbs up.


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RGraf 7 years ago from Wisconsin Author

Sally, glad to meet another Ms. Perfect. So far, the ones I would need protection from have not read this piece. But I will that in mind as soon as they do :)


issues veritas 7 years ago

RGraf,

I did a hub on driver types but I didn't do it from a driver personality perspective but from their actions. I like your perspective on what kind of person is driving.


EYES CHAMbERS 7 years ago

This is great! Amen sister!


His daughter 7 years ago

This is very good and boy have you ever hit it! I have often remarked when out that you can just about tell what type of person they are by their driving! Good work...the problem is that some of these people...do they realize it?


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landthatilove 7 years ago from ohio

I am a defensive driver as well as being on the defense in life. I constantly watch and try to anticipate for problems on the road and think two steps ahead of what my reaction will be to stay alive. Likewise if somebody gives me a hard time I do not want to regret later that I did not have the best comeback to turn it around on them. Omg. That is not a good way to be. I guess you might say I don't back down from confrontations but I don't start them.

Very cleverly written!


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landthatilove 7 years ago from ohio

The other day I pulled onto an on-ramp to the interstate. A guy was turning from the opposite lane. I had oodles of time to pull out but you would have thought he could see the color of my eyes and just laid on the horn. My reaction? The common sort. The trusty finger. And of course he swept by me on the interstate flipping me off. I just laughed because the whole thing was stupid. What a chicken he was or maybe a road hog I don't know but how would you interpret his over reaction?

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