Can We Guess Your Driving Style?

By: Jody Mabry

Can We Guess Your Driving Style?
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About This Quiz

Although the automobile is barely more than 120 years old, it has transformed the landscape of the industrialized world. It has brought us all closer together, enabling us to traverse great distances in comfort and at least a decent level of safety. It has also separated us, not just by isolating us from our fellow man as we travel, but also by encouraging layouts of towns and cities that work against neighborhood cohesion, increase crime and clog up our streets. So cars have certainly been a mixed blessing to society at large. 

At the individual level, cars certainly mean different things to different people: a way to get from A to B; a place to think and to clear one's head; a form of freedom that you cannot get any other way; and a way to display one's identity to the world. People not only buy or hire a car that reflects the way they see the world, but they also use it in a way that reflects how they feel about it, how busy they are and their personality. Some people are laid-back drivers, others are hyper-aggressive, and most are broadly responsible. 

So tell us about yourself, and we'll guess how you handle yourself behind the wheel!

You suddenly notice that your highway exit is only 100 feet away and you are two lanes over. What do you do?
There's another exit a mile up. I'll just take that one.
I will spin my wheel hard and hope others move out of the way.
I have no idea and may make a different decision each time.
Wait, where is my exit?

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How do you merge into fast traffic?
I slowly get to the edge of the merge and stop until I see an opening.
I speed up and swerve into traffic. Turn signals are optional - they know I'm coming.
I have no idea. Usually, I close my eyes and pray.
Did I just merge? Sorry, my friend just called.

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You are coming up to a stop sign. What do you do?
I stop, look both ways and go when safe.
If no one is at the stop I just go through. If there are others, I just go on through.
I usually stop, then go, then stop and eventually wave everyone else through. But, then I go before them.
If I don't blow the stop, I will slow down and go, usually forgetting to check if there is anyone else there.

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Your vehicle is cold in winter. How long do you wait to start driving?
I warm it up for about 30 minutes.
I start my car and scrape away enough ice from the windshield to see ahead.
I try to wait for the ice to melt, but usually get impatient and go within a few minutes.
It depends on who I am texting.

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Have you ever been in a car accident?
No, never.
A couple.
A fender bender.
Oh, yes.

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What does the yellow light mean?
Stop.
Hurry it up!
Not, sure, so I tend to slow and then speed through.
I'm not sure.

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Someone cuts you off. What do you do?
Nothing. It happens.
I get to use my expanding vocabulary.
I slam my hand hard on the wheel to honk the horn, but not hard enough to actually honk my horn.
I guess nothing. What is cutting off?

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What kind of a car do you drive?
A four-door sedan.
A truck.
An SUV.
My parents.

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How do you decorate your dash board?
Flowers.
Decorate my dash?
I usually have something dangling from my mirror.
Stuffed animals.

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What would your personalized license plate say?
BE COOL
MOVE IT
MUV 861 - I don't believe in personal plates.
STR8 AW-A

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How do you stop in the snow?
Tao the brake.
Spin my wheel until it hits a slow lane and then hit the gas.
Close my eyes and wish for the best.
That's a really good question.

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Which weather do you hate driving in?
A lot of rain.
Bright sunlight.
Snow.
Sleet and wind.

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What do you listen to while driving?
Something light.
Something loud and pulse-pounding.
A talk show.
I'm usually on the phone talking to someone.

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Is there a food you eat while driving?
I'd eat a breakfast burrito.
I don't have time for that.
I'll snack on corn nuts.
Pretty much whatever I want.

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Is your vehicle clean or dirty?
It's a little dirty, but not bad.
It's a disaster. I don't have time to clean.
It's always clean.
Don't bother asking or looking.

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What is something you always have in your vehicle?
Tissues.
A Monster drink.
Toothpicks.
Charging cords.

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What is most likely to distract you while driving?
Other drivers.
My music playlist.
My GPS.
An incoming call or text.

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How far are you willing to travel for a quick meal?
Up to 30 minutes.
Less than five minutes.
Not sure, it depends on my mood.
I will only go if I see something on my route.

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How do you decide the best time to merge?
I wait until I have plenty of space.
Decisions take too much time. It's best to just go.
That's a difficult decision.
I guess when I see an opening.

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Someone calls while you are driving. What do you do?
Answer it.
I'm probably the one calling.
Not sure.
I let it ring.

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Four vehicles are stopped at an intersection. Who goes first?
The vehicle to my right.
I do.
No clue how that works.
Me? I think I was there first.

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How much space do you keep between you and the vehicle in front of you in stop-and-go traffic?
A couple car lengths.
I'm right up on their bumper.
I could be on their bumper or a few car lengths back. Who knows?
It just depends. There is no rhyme or reason to my thinking.

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What are you thinking about while driving?
How great my life is.
I'm going to be late. I'm going to be late. I'm going to be late. Get out of my way!
Money problems.
What I will be wearing tonight for dinner.

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Where are you heading?
Nowhere in particular.
Work.
A friend's house.
Home.

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How many passengers are usually in your car?
My entire family.
A car-pooling coworker who I don't like.
One or two others.
Just me.

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How often do you get an oil change?
About every 6,000 miles.
Every 3,000 miles.
I don't have a strict time or number of miles.
I'm assuming they do that when I buy my car.

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Which shoes do you wear while driving?
Always sandals.
Good souled tennis shoes.
Whatever I am wearing when I get in.
I'm usually barefoot.

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When do you fill your fuel tank?
When the empty light comes on.
I always like it full.
By the halfway mark.
Not often enough. I always use my roadside assistance.

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You're in stopped traffic. How do you amuse yourself?
I am singing.
I am freaking out.
I people watch.
I call a friend.

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Do you enjoy road trips?
I love them!
I'm not a fan.
Yes, as long as the drive is not too far.
As long as I have something to do.

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