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July 16, 2009

Brits accused of being ‘Jekyll and Drive’

by David Masters

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Brits accused of being ‘Jekyll and Drive’

Brits getting behind the wheel undergo a personality change on a par with Jekyll and Hyde, new psychological research has discovered.

Four in ten motorists experience a radical personality change in the driving seat.

Nearly two thirds (61%) become more aggressive and take greater risks, while 39% become quieter and over-cautious.

The study of 4,000 motorists, commissioned by Aviva and conducted by Professor Geoff Beattie, Head of the School of Psychological Science at the University of Manchester, aimed to uncover the driving personalities of motorists on Britain’s roads.

Nine personality types were discovered, including the racing driver who disregards the speed limit and overtakes in built-up areas, and the snail, who annoys other motorists by driving so cautiously.

The research also revealed the bad habits of many of Britain’s drivers.

Men were found to be twice as likely as women to ignore a red light on an empty road, and four in ten men admitted to undertaking, compared to a third of women.

Young drivers aged 17-21 are the most aggressive on the roads.

Almost a quarter of motorists confessed to speaking on their mobile phone whilst driving, and a third admitted to driving fast to impress others.

Only 14% of drivers were found to be ‘realists’, fully aware of their own driving faults.

“The research demonstrates that people just don’t seem to know their own personalities when it comes to driving,” said Professor Beattie.

Adam Cracknell, Aviva spokesperson, said: “It’s important that motorists are honest with themselves about how they really behave when driving.

“Simple tips like not driving too close to the car in front of you, being courteous in busy traffic and indicating clearly can all help to remove the stress from driving and can help prevent both over aggression and over cautiousness on the roads.”


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