#Transport Month: Which of these 7 driving personalities describes you?

Driving on South African roads, be it on country roads with their potholes or in the traffic jams of cities, can be an exercise in frustration and anger which demands some serious self-control on the part of the driver.

An ongoing study on the social psychology of road safety conducted jointly by The London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE) and tyre manufacturer Goodyear has identified seven different driver personality types.

The Know-it-all


The Know-it-all thinks he or she is surrounded by incompetent fools and contents themselves with shouting condescendingly at other drivers while being protected in their own car.

The Competitor


The Competitor needs to get ahead of all other drivers and is annoyed when someone gets in the way of that. He or she might accelerate when someone tries to overtake them or close a gap to prevent anyone from getting in front of them.

The Punisher


The Punisher wants to punish other drivers for any perceived misbehaviour. He or she might get out of their car and approach other drivers directly.

The Philosopher

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The Philosopher accepts misbehaviour easily and tries to rationally explain it. This person manages to control his or her feelings in the car.

The Avoider


The Avoider treats other drivers misbehaving, impersonally and dismisses them as a hazard.

The Escapee


The Escapee listens to music or talks on the phone to insulate him or herself. Escapees distract themselves with selected social relationships so that they do not have to relate to any of the other drivers on the road. It’s also a strategy for not getting frustrated in the first place. Talking on the phone while driving is also illegal.

The Teacher

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The Teacher needs to make sure other drivers know what they have done wrong and expects recognition for his or her efforts to teach others.

There’s also this: Watch Girl singing and dancing while driving

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