Major van leasing company LeaseVan.co.uk revealed the most common types of motorist found on UK roads and how they can be recognised.
Despite there being millions of UK road users, experts have claimed they will each fall into one of just six driver categories – so if you were driving in our nearest neighbouring country, which one are you?
How do you recognise them. Well it says that there are thrill seekers such as ‘The Boy Racer’, young males who can’t resist breaking speed limits as soon as they get their licence, and ‘Show-Offs’, who create near emergencies just to prove that they can get out of them.
On the other hand, there are ‘Sunday Drivers’, who you’ll find travelling well below the speed limit, and ‘The Cautious Ones’, who take an age to pull out from junctions and roundabouts and hold everybody up when trying to park.
A spokesman for the study said: “Everyone knows a driver who’ll fit one of these categories – in fact it’s likely you’ll know someone who fits a few. We’re sure they’re all very nice people, but when they get behind the wheel they show some particular characteristics which can be frustrating to say the least. Each category has its merits and downfalls, but which one do you mostly identify with?”
Here are the six different types of driver found by the study:
1. Parents in a Hurry
Busy parents are always zipping about between school, football practice and dance lessons. Their cars are complete tips, with sweet wrappers, muddy boots or baby changing equipment strewn across the seats. Parking can be tricky, so they’ll think nothing of mounting a kerb or leaving the engine running on double yellows while they collect or drop off their offspring.
2. The Boy Racer
The young male driver who you’re likely to catch speeding down residential roads and committing multiple speeding offences in a souped-up, high-powered car. They’re always revving their engines to try and sound like a sports car, even if they’re only driving a hatchback.
3. The Nonchalant One
Nonchalant drivers don’t intend to cause danger, but their über relaxed attitude and laidback outlook on driving – and life in general – can create risky situations. If you’re trying to join a dual carriageway from a slip lane, they’re the ones that won’t pull into the next lane to let you in, and they’ll think nothing to taking up two parking spaces because either a) they can’t be bothered to readjust or b) they didn’t even notice that they weren’t in the lines. You’ll probably see them driving with one hand on the wheel and another hanging out the window, and their car won’t have been cleaned for months.
4. The Show-Off
Similar to boy racers, show-offs are competitive and boastful, and it’s evident on the road. You’ll find them driving too fast for the conditions and creating near emergencies just to prove that they can get out of them. You might also see them passing red lights and stop signs with a certain air of bravado. It’s safe to say that show-offs are best to be avoided at all costs.
5. The Cautious One
Cautious drivers are the ones that hold up lines of traffic at roundabouts, because a sixty-foot gap between themselves and oncoming cars is clearly not enough to warrant pulling out. They’ll slow down miles before they reach a traffic light, and take ten times longer than they should to pull off again. Switching lanes on the motorway is a real task too – they’ll check their mirrors at least fifteen times before pulling out and because they wouldn’t ever go beyond 50mph, it’ll take an age to overtake any vehicles before they pull in again. You do not want to be waiting to pass them in a car park should they have to attempt to pull into a space between other cars, either. You’ll be there hours.
6. The Sunday Driver
Sunday is the one day of the week that these drivers spend out on the roads, often driving an old banger. Usually they’re off to church or to see their grandkids and travel well below the actual speed limit. It can be hugely frustrating to be stuck behind one.