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2012-05-18 10:47:50 AM  
I go 10 over on highways, but stay in the middle lane except to pass. I also move out of the way if someone is going faster than me and always signal. However, I always go the speed limit in residential areas. I wouldn't be able to live with myself if I hurt a kid.

I guess I'm a compassionate Autobahner.
 
2012-05-18 10:49:01 AM  
Whats a speed limit? I drive as fast as the conditions allow and have a radar detector to avoid those that might wish to pull me over for doing so.


/Never got a ticket
//Never had an accident
///Driving for 24 years
 
2012-05-18 10:49:33 AM  
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-18 10:49:35 AM  

Strategeryz0r: Danger Mouse: The four catagories of Driving.


1) Defensivley
2) Agressivley
3) Drunk
4) Woman

/amiright? yeaimright.

1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman

7) Cop
8) Cab Driver

1 = best driver
8 = worst

=D


/ftfy
 
2012-05-18 10:49:42 AM  
I am number 2.

My car is a comfortable place to be, it is not economical, it is an SUV (I'd say 4x4). And yes, it does get driven on dirt tracks, over sand dunes, along beaches and over hundreds of kilometers of unsealed road, because I live in Australia and those things are amazing fun.

Howard Dean: Article says 5, lists 4. What is the 5th category that represents 34 percent?


TFA is a puff-piece on top of another FA here which lists another type, but they still only add up to 91%
 
2012-05-18 10:50:24 AM  

macadamnut: Strategeryz0r: Danger Mouse: The four catagories of Driving.


1) Defensivley
2) Agressivley
3) Drunk
4) Woman

/amiright? yeaimright.

1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver

1 = best driver
8 = worst

=D

/ftfy


Excellent additions my dear sir. Properly placed to boot.
 
2012-05-18 10:50:39 AM  
I consistently drive 20-30mph over the 55mph interstate limit in safe conditions (as many of my fellow drivers do with me). I drive very slow and deliberately in parking lots/areas with lots of peds. I drive a nice car, it's fast though doesn't get the mpg I would like, and I will do most anything to avoid driving after drinking.

In short: Like to drive, like to drive fast when it makes sense, values safety of myself and others.
 
2012-05-18 10:50:58 AM  
I'm a truck driver, and I go mostly from the Quiet Corner of CT to NYC and back. Yesterday I delivered to the Bronx, went to Newark to get a backhaul, and then back to the shop.

Saw an above average number of accidents. Nine. The best was the one that snarled me trying to leave the Hunts Point Market area. The merge onto 95S was slow, so this darling woman in her Toyoya tried to sneak up the breakdown lane and get around a big mean trucker. He of course can't see her, and squished her car against the Jersey barrier.

Oh, how fun it was trying to get around that.....

People, slow the fark down. You'll get to where you're going. Weaving through traffic like you think you're driving in Watkins Glen is just plain stupid. Use you farking directional. That big area of empty space that trucks always seem to have in front of them that just irritates you? He needs that to stop because he weighs 40 tons. You getting all pissy and filling that area 'to show that retard how you're supposed to drive' is going to get you smushed one day.
 
2012-05-18 10:51:12 AM  
Where I live it's mostly the Canuckistanians from Vancouver. They'll block three lanes of traffic to take a left turn. They'll block an entrance to a parking lot for 15 minutes to wait for the special parking spot they want.

They'll dodge around you to swipe a parking space. They'll drive 20-30 MPH under the speed limit on a two-lane highway that is the only route to the ski area. They'll tailgate you for 20 miles in the right lane on the freeway even though they could pass at any time. One cop I know in town tells me that he regularly sees them regularly carrying two drivers licenses, one for when they get in a wreck or a ticket, and one for when they cross the border. Apparently, thats not illegal in BC, even though the first one carries a false name and address.

I had one Canadian woman hit me broadside by blowing through a four way stop, then show me an advertising flyer claiming that was her proof of insurance, and then disappear back across the border after being arrested for not having a drivers license. My car was totaled and my insurance wouldn't cover any of it.

Canadians are asshole drivers.
 
2012-05-18 10:51:59 AM  
FTA:"These drivers...like speed. They say their average cruising speed on the highway is 71 miles per hour."

On our highways, speed limits can be 55, 65, or 75MPH. If the average is 65, how on Earth is 71MPH considered so shocking that it merits the first sentence of the explanation?

Seriously, give me some input here. Is 6 over really considered to be a speed demon?
 
2012-05-18 10:52:22 AM  
Oh, I'm just the worst kind of driver.
 
2012-05-18 10:52:45 AM  
I drive fast. Really fast. But I don't drive like an idiot. I always make sure there's plenty of distance between myself and the car in front of me, and (if possible) keep space around me as well so that I can get out of trouble if it suddenly appears. I get violently angry at people who violate my zone of safety around my vehicle, such as tailgaters or people who swerve in front of me just because they're trying to be faster. I have been ticketed for speeding a total of 6 times in 18 years of driving, including once for doing 22 over. In none of those situations was I "reckless"

This is also my approach to everything else, for better or worse. "Rules" don't apply to us when we know and understand the meaning and intent behind the rules, know what our physical limitations are, and are responsible enough not to overdo it.
 
2012-05-18 10:52:49 AM  
i174.photobucket.com
 
2012-05-18 10:56:34 AM  
They forgot Auto-Farking-Clueless
 
2012-05-18 10:57:49 AM  
I'm in the first segment of assholeness. Admit to 20 over once? shiat there are a few speed limits I double on a daily basis. I can't be the only person who lives in an area with 50s next to 30s, 40s into 20s and everyone does 10 over. My best speeding ticket is double a 45. That was a flat open highway style road with farmland on both sides. Who gives a crap... well other than that unmarked cop in a non standard car.
 
2012-05-18 10:58:19 AM  

Strategeryz0r: macadamnut: Strategeryz0r: Danger Mouse: The four catagories of Driving.


1) Defensivley
2) Agressivley
3) Drunk
4) Woman

/amiright? yeaimright.

1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver

1 = best driver
8 = worst

=D

/ftfy

Excellent additions my dear sir. Properly placed to boot.


1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver
9) Female Cab Driver

1 = best driver
9= worst

We're getting there...

:)
 
2012-05-18 10:59:13 AM  
See, in journalism school, we were taught to copy the WHOLE article.

Though even going by the original, we're only up to 89% of drivers that comfortably fit these categories. So the REAL story is that if you don't fit into a category, all 11% of you, you pay the maximum premium for your insurance once they find a way to monetize these statistics, since you are then a "variable" and not a comfy, classified money tree.
 
2012-05-18 10:59:21 AM  

Witchyman: Use you farking directional.


It's a blinker here in America.
 
2012-05-18 10:59:28 AM  

Strategeryz0r: macadamnut: Strategeryz0r: Danger Mouse

1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver

1 = best driver
8 = worst


I'd argue with Aggressive driving being the best. It serves its place, as does defensive. Neither is always right or always wrong. Aggressive drivers will often make moves regardless of other people which is fine if everyone is paying attention, but most people aren't.
And defensive drivers are the ones that will pull halfway into an intersection and then not turn because the light changed and then everyone is boned.
 
2012-05-18 11:00:06 AM  
I should add zero accidents, with 20+ years of driving.
 
2012-05-18 11:00:19 AM  

Dead for Tax Reasons: /always observes speed limit


As do I.

I don't always obey it, but I do observe it.
 
2012-05-18 11:00:20 AM  
Worst. Article. Ever.


I saw stats, but no methodology.
 
2012-05-18 11:02:21 AM  
The way I see it, these are the categories of drivers on America's interstates, from best to worst:
1. Pays attention with an understanding of signals, signs and flow
2. Pays attention without an understanding of signals, signs, and flow (Elderlies especially)
3. Inattentive (contribute greatly to rolling roadblocks and shockwave traffic jams)
4. Distracted (cause accidents and traffic jams)

The overly aggressive guys are #3s, as they're jockeying for one better position with no regard to the actual scheme of traffic or what is coming ahead. The meanderers, those driving too slow, and whatnot are also #3s. These are not fixed classifications; poor decision making or sleepiness can drop a #1 right down to a 3/4. However, for people that never learn the flow of traffic and how to predict what will happen based on their surroundings, the best they can ever attain is #2.

I strive to be a #1 and have about 250,000 miles with only one speeding ticket and no accidents to show for it. But I do catch myself succumbing to inattention and distraction at times.
 
2012-05-18 11:04:02 AM  
generally, if you are not the fastest person on the road you won't get pulled for speeding. Yes a cop can pull multiple people over, but cant pull the whole highway over either. I remember one time driving to Miami down i95, everyone on the road was doing 100mph+
Go with the flow, I say. Except for A-holes who purposefully drive slow in the passing lane...
 
2012-05-18 11:04:16 AM  
I'm an excellent driver.

/oblig
 
2012-05-18 11:06:44 AM  
I speed, I like bad weather since there is less traffic and the roads are more fun. I do not tailgate, do not cut people off and do not drink.

I do not like getting passed, if a car is going faster than me and the right lane is open I will move over.

My car is not a Muscle car but instead a normal looking one bit of work done. If someone comes up behind me and I cant move and tailgates me or flashes their high-beams it somehow seems to activates my brakes... I might have to get that looked at sometime...

/I think that if you have handicap plates you should not be allowed to drive in the left lane...
 
2012-05-18 11:07:20 AM  

Danger Mouse:

1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver
9) Female Cab Driver

1 = best driver
9= worst

We're getting there...


1) Aggressive
2) Defensive
3) Woman
4) Drunk
5) Asian
6) Asian Woman
7) Cop
8) Cab Driver
9) Female Cab Driver
10) Maryland drivers

1 = best driver
10= worst
 
2012-05-18 11:07:26 AM  

midigod: FTA:"These drivers...like speed. They say their average cruising speed on the highway is 71 miles per hour."

On our highways, speed limits can be 55, 65, or 75MPH. If the average is 65, how on Earth is 71MPH considered so shocking that it merits the first sentence of the explanation?

Seriously, give me some input here. Is 6 over really considered to be a speed demon?


In CT, 71 us right lane driving. Hell, you can go 80 mph and most of the traffic will be passing you.

Cops pull you over for going slow. No shiat, last week I was on the meritt and some d-bag was left lane driving at like 71-73 mph. I tried being nice and flashed my lights to move over but he had the "ill show you how to drive" attitude. So i had no choice but to wait for a right lane opening and make a mario andretti move.

All of sudden in my rearview i see a black charger bombing up the highway and everyone moving out of his way. I know what this means so i slow down and get into the right lane with everyone else. This charger gets on the guys ass, literally inches from his bumper, and starts flashing his high beams. The guy keeps up with the "ill show you how to drive attitude" so after a minute the chargers lights up his dashboard red and blue lights. Out of all the assholes to pick the cops pull that deusch over for speeding, and the speed of traffic picks up to 80 mph like normal.

Only good thing about CT: we know how to drive.

/csb
 
2012-05-18 11:07:32 AM  
skremnjava

generally, if you are not the fastest person on the road you won't get pulled for speeding. Yes a cop can pull multiple people over, but cant pull the whole highway over either. I remember one time driving to Miami down i95, everyone on the road was doing 100mph+


I love a friendly game of follow the speeder.
 
2012-05-18 11:12:36 AM  

Mitch Taylor's Bro: CheekyMonkey: List is stupid. There are only 3 types of drivers:

1. Me: The best driver in all the world.
2. Idiots: Anyone driving slower than I am.
3. Assholes Maniacs: Anyone driving faster than I am.

RIP, George Carlin


I prefer 'assholes' to 'mainiacs', but yes, my OP was plagarized paraphrased from GC.

\had the pleasure of seeing him do standup just a few months before he died.
 
2012-05-18 11:14:41 AM  

Strategeryz0r: Auto-bahner and proud of it. The other 3 groups are clearly the assholes.

Idiot douchebags driving trucks/SUVs when they need to haul all of 1 person. If you have one of these massive vehicles and have no legitimate purpose for it, we should be allowed to shoot out your tires at highway speeds. Those driving large vehicles with work purposes, or hauling large amounts of things are a-ok. Just stop thinking you own the damn road because your car is as enormous as you wish your penis was.

Second group says is primarily retired women(aside from the fact they're women, they're old too. God save you if it's a retired Asian woman. That's like the shiat driver trifecta =P)

Third group is mini-vaners. Ahh the mini-van, the ultimate symbol that you've given up on life. I'm ok with this group since they typically have kids, I mean no self respecting man would willingly drive a mini-van without kids. But people in mini-vans make up the majority that I see around my city that fail to comprehend that the left lane on the freeway is called THE FAST LANE. As in if you're doing the speed limit and not getting around anybody MOVE THE fark OVER YOU CRAPCAN DRIVING DICKHOLE!! You do realize I want AROUND YOU and it's illegal for me to pass on the right don't you? Or did your mini-van come with a complimentary lobotomy?


You're touching on the biggest issue with I'd say... 90% of drivers. No one pays attention.

I'm in Canada, so I'm not sure of the conversions. But I know for a fact (tested, proven), that if you go about 18km/h over, no cop will pull you over. They generally start getting testy when you go 22+ over. Either way, I don't expect everyone to know that, but that is my strategy.

Also, I constantly constantly am paying attention to what is going on. The other day my wife was driving, and a guy pulled up beside us and gave her a dirty look. She said what the hell was that for? I said didn't you notice that he was trying to get in but your speed was inconsistent? Then off the light you appeared as if you were going to let him in, but you pulled away at the last second. She then understood the sympathetic wave I gave him.

I use my turn signals. Good lord do I use them. For whenever I'm... get this... turning. I can't tell you how many times I've blasted on the horn for like 5 seconds straight when someone just brakes out of the blue and pulls into a parking lot. Use your f*cking turn signals.

No one pays attention to the patterns on the road. I take a highway and city driving to work and back every day. You gotta see what the flow is doing, identify the cars who are driving erratically, etc. just know what the f*ck is going on around you. During the highway parts, in any given moment, I could give a laundry list of each car's characteristics and driving patterns. "the blue honda will pull away fast from the lights, but only tops out at 85. The black suburban guy is good to go, he's trying to floor it everywhere. That red hyundai is an idiot, doesn't realize that he's been in the left lane, just inching ahead enough of the right lane traffic so that none of us can pass on the right".

The worst thing is, everyone should be able to do that. It's not even like I'm boasting. It's just something that every driver should do when you're piloting a 3,000lb death machine.
 
2012-05-18 11:15:41 AM  

Pocket Ninja: You are number 3.



I'm not a number, I am a free man!
 
2012-05-18 11:16:43 AM  

busy chillin': skremnjava

generally, if you are not the fastest person on the road you won't get pulled for speeding. Yes a cop can pull multiple people over, but cant pull the whole highway over either. I remember one time driving to Miami down i95, everyone on the road was doing 100mph+


I love a friendly game of follow the speeder.


Careful. Cops are like snakes. The first one wakes them up, the second one they see, the third one is the one they're ready to attack.

I do recommend a good app called Waze where drivers share info on speedtraps.
 
2012-05-18 11:17:06 AM  
Yesterday something occurred to me: People that drive Mustangs are usually assholes who don't realize their car is junk. Also, I believe their is a direct correlation between being a douchey, aggressive driver and being a sports fan.
 
2012-05-18 11:19:42 AM  

ChuDogg: midigod: FTA:"These drivers...like speed. They say their average cruising speed on the highway is 71 miles per hour."

On our highways, speed limits can be 55, 65, or 75MPH. If the average is 65, how on Earth is 71MPH considered so shocking that it merits the first sentence of the explanation?

Seriously, give me some input here. Is 6 over really considered to be a speed demon?

In CT, 71 us right lane driving. Hell, you can go 80 mph and most of the traffic will be passing you.

Cops pull you over for going slow. No shiat, last week I was on the meritt and some d-bag was left lane driving at like 71-73 mph. I tried being nice and flashed my lights to move over but he had the "ill show you how to drive" attitude. So i had no choice but to wait for a right lane opening and make a mario andretti move.

All of sudden in my rearview i see a black charger bombing up the highway and everyone moving out of his way. I know what this means so i slow down and get into the right lane with everyone else. This charger gets on the guys ass, literally inches from his bumper, and starts flashing his high beams. The guy keeps up with the "ill show you how to drive attitude" so after a minute the chargers lights up his dashboard red and blue lights. Out of all the assholes to pick the cops pull that deusch over for speeding, and the speed of traffic picks up to 80 mph like normal.

Only good thing about CT: we know how to drive.

/csb


I wish the cops in Atlanta would do this. Around here, if someone is in the right or center lanes doing 40 because they are yaking on their cell phone and want to pass the 35 mph moran in front of them, they will just swing right into the 75 mph left lane without speeding up.
 
2012-05-18 11:21:21 AM  
Autobahner. Avg 75 to 80 but go with the flow.

Infiniti G35

Two hands on the wheel, aware of where all cars are around me, running through possible scenarios at all times, No phone calls, no texting, no accidents in 20+ years, no tickets in 20+ years. And yeah I will ride your ass and cut you off if you drive below the speed limit in the left lane.
 
2012-05-18 11:23:53 AM  

ChuDogg: midigod: FTA:"These drivers...like speed. They say their average cruising speed on the highway is 71 miles per hour."

On our highways, speed limits can be 55, 65, or 75MPH. If the average is 65, how on Earth is 71MPH considered so shocking that it merits the first sentence of the explanation?

Seriously, give me some input here. Is 6 over really considered to be a speed demon?

In CT, 71 us right lane driving. Hell, you can go 80 mph and most of the traffic will be passing you.

Cops pull you over for going slow. No shiat, last week I was on the meritt and some d-bag was left lane driving at like 71-73 mph. I tried being nice and flashed my lights to move over but he had the "ill show you how to drive" attitude. So i had no choice but to wait for a right lane opening and make a mario andretti move.

All of sudden in my rearview i see a black charger bombing up the highway and everyone moving out of his way. I know what this means so i slow down and get into the right lane with everyone else. This charger gets on the guys ass, literally inches from his bumper, and starts flashing his high beams. The guy keeps up with the "ill show you how to drive attitude" so after a minute the chargers lights up his dashboard red and blue lights. Out of all the assholes to pick the cops pull that deusch over for speeding, and the speed of traffic picks up to 80 mph like normal.

Only good thing about CT: we know how to drive.

/csb


Depends on where you live in CT. SW CT is filled with just as many idiots as in NY, NJ and MA.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:24 AM  

dj_spanmaster: Also, stop telling me there are 5 categories. I SEE FOUR CATEGORIES


Here's the link that shows all five. The summary article chopped the fifth one.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:26 AM  

tarhammer: Didn't RTFA, whats the fourth kind?


The fourth kind is the asshole who calls the other assholes, asshole.

/I'm surrounded by assholes.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:45 AM  
BMW and full sized pickup truck drivers= assholes.
 
2012-05-18 11:24:52 AM  

unlikely: I don't think these are "The" four.

I drive a very economical car. I like to hover ~5 over the speed limit. I don't drink before I drive, ever. I've never had an accident. I pay attention and signal my lane changes. I really like driving. Which of those four do I fit?

My dad loves cars and loves the driving experience. He doesn't really speed, hangs mostly in the right lane, but has been known to utter the words "fine automobile" like he's a 19th century butler. He will "go for a drive" just to drive the car, especially in the mountains. He's never the slow guy at the front of the line holding everyone up, but he's not a honk-and-pass guy either. Which does HE fit?


You're an asshole if you drive like that in the left lane.

The only people who are assholes are those who are self involved and think they are the only ones on the road, people who speed up and slow down are the worst, pick a speed and stick with it.

Also if you are on a 4 lane road or interstate and there is a car right next to you, either speed up or slow down don't be a douche and block traffic behind you.

Basically just get the fark out of the way.
 
2012-05-18 11:25:01 AM  
 
2012-05-18 11:25:36 AM  

sure haven't: .
...I use my turn signals. Good lord do I use them. For whenever I'm... get this... turning.


Here in MA, we consider using turn signals as "providing the enemy with secret information " . It's treasonous!
 
2012-05-18 11:26:02 AM  

Buffalo77: And yeah I will ride your ass and cut you off if you drive below the speed limit in the left lane.


Then prepare to be frustrated, because I *have* got all day, and my brakes work just fine.
 
2012-05-18 11:26:41 AM  

Buffalo77: And yeah I will ride your ass and cut you off if you drive below the speed limit in the left lane.


And I will fark with you for miles if you ride my ass or cut me off. I have no problem going 30, 40 miles out of my way just to fark with someone who drives like you.
 
2012-05-18 11:26:45 AM  
15
15
21
15
66%

What's the other 34%?
 
2012-05-18 11:27:42 AM  

Timmmy0211: Is it just me, or does the article say there are 5 types (twice) and then list 4?


My first hint was that 15 + 21 + 15 + 15 ≠ 100. The stupid summary article left off the 5th one. Rather important, that. See my other comment for the link.
 
2012-05-18 11:28:27 AM  
There are only two types of drivers. The ones driving slower than you are IDIOTS, and ones driving faster than you are MANIACS!
2.bp.blogspot.com
 
2012-05-18 11:30:16 AM  
Is this were I post how great a driver I am?

Turn signals are a sign of weakness. All you are doing is giving someone a warning that you want to get over so they can speed up and block you. If I'm in a turn lane it should be obvious I'm going to turn.

Anything you leave a car length between you and the next car, your just asking for someone to squeeze in so they can drive a few yards then turn in front of you.

I always drive in the left lane on highways, I'm usually driving faster then everyone else anyway, if someone come up behind going faster, there is a right lane they can use to get around.
 
2012-05-18 11:32:03 AM  

Gothnet: Buffalo77: And yeah I will ride your ass and cut you off if you drive below the speed limit in the left lane.

Then prepare to be frustrated, because I *have* got all day, and my brakes work just fine.


Why use brakes? I just back my foot off the gas and slow down almost imperceptibly at first if someone's riding my ass. Just keep easing off the gas until they freak out because they suddenly realize that miniscule gap is closing with no warning.

Very effective.
 
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