Do you know someone with a car like this?

Do you know someone with a car like this?
Do you know someone with a car like this?

Probably everyone thinks that THEY are a good driver – and we’re willing to bet that most of us don’t hesitate to point out the failings of other road users.

A 2014 study, published in the Journal of Applied Social Psychology, showed that most people are likely to rate their driving skills as ‘above average’, yet with a very subjective view of what constitutes a ‘good driver’.

Authors of the study, Michael M. Roy, of Elizabethtown College and Michael J. Liersch of New York University, wrote: “For a portion of drivers, their ability to text message while driving might be one of the characteristics that they believe makes them a unique and superior driver, or at the very least that “texting” while driving does not make them a bad driver.”

The study would appear to confirm that everyone’s idea of a good driver – or a bad one is different.

Car leasing site LeaseCar.uk, however, claim to have analysed ‘the data’ and determined that all bad drivers fall into just seven categories. Exactly what data was crunched wasn’t referenced in the company’s release to the media and, lets be honest,  the article is a transparent attempt to promote the website – but some of their ‘seven bad drivers’ do ring true.

Do you know any of these?

Boy racer

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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.

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.

Mum in a hurry

Busy mums are always zipping about between school, football practice or dance lessons. Their car is most likely a complete tip, with sweet wrappers, muddy boots or baby changing equipment strewn across the vehicle.  Parking can be tricky so they’ll think nothing of mounting a kerb or leaving the engine running on double yellows while they collect their offspring.

Amber gambler

When these chancers see the lights change from green to amber their first thought isn’t to slow to a halt, but instead hit the accelerator and prey that they miss the red light. Mostly they get it spot on, but if two Amber Gamblers meet at a junction it can be hugely dangerous.

Just Passed

These motorists never put a foot wrong, and would be too scared to even think about driving over the speed limit. Don’t get stuck behind them on a busy roundabout, as you could be waiting a while before they decide to move.

Know it all

“The problem is love, you’re supposed to drive with the bonnet closed..”

Know it all’s can recite the entire highway code from memory, and take great pleasure in pointing out mistakes and having a go at other drivers for making them.

Short Fuse

These are the dangerous drivers who can be a real menace to other road users, mostly but not always male, they regard overtaking as a personal slight and if you dare cut them up even by accident they are likely to force you off the road for a confrontation.

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