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Traffic psychology: what type of car driver are you?-Almost every second driver ignores

The daily street fight: sneakers, speeders, aggressive, relaxed, bright and dreamers – often they are all on the road at the same time

Source: Dunlop Goodyear

Most of us are nice people – just not behind the wheel. Then we mutate into know-it-alls, competitors or philosophers. Fortunately, scientists have now figured out our psyche.

D.he so-called constitutional psychology distinguishes four basic types of people, whereby a connection is drawn between physical characteristics and the character or temperament of a person.

The sanguine person with blood flowing in his veins is "powerful, energetic, energetic and active". The phlegmatic is characterized by "indolence, inactivity and little energy". Melancholics are considered “unstable and introverted”, cholerics are prone to anger and emotional outbursts, are “easily irritable” and difficult to satisfy.

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The punisher can get violent

Source: Dunlop Goodyear

Now the American tire company Goodyear, in cooperation with the London School of Economics and Political Science (LSE), has a new type customer set up, based on interviews with road users and the realization that "no road user knows how others will behave in the next moment".

One might think that is just how life is; Nobody knows what the coming hour or the next day will bring, and that’s why everything has to be expected.

People, dogs, cats and rabbits

But it is not that easy. According to traffic psychologist Horst Ziegler, it is a matter of "increasing awareness and awareness of the risks in road traffic"; the proportion of accidents, according to Ziegler, "caused by humans (!) and its faulty behavior "would be caused by" almost 90 percent ".

Which is not a big surprise when you consider that people make up over 90 percent of road users. The rest is made up of stray cats, runaway dogs, stoned squirrels and frail rabbits.

Traffic psychology: what type of car driver are you?-Almost every second driver ignores

The competitor cannot be overtaken and drives close

Source: Dunlop Goodyear

With the help of the Goodyear study, drivers can now “find out what type of driver they are”. There are seven profiles to choose from:

The teacher teaches others what they did wrong. The know-it-all thinks he’s only surrounded by idiots. The competitor cannot be overtaken and drives close. The punisher can get violent.

All danger comes from the driver

The philosopher sees everything from a higher point of view. The avoider drives defensively. And the dropout listens to music or makes phone calls while driving.

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The philosopher sees everything from a higher point of view

Source: Dunlop Goodyear

All of this has an impact on driving behavior because, according to LSE social psychologist Chris Tenannt: "Interactions between motorists can make the road a difficult and unsafe environment."

Who would have thought before Goodyear and the London School of Economics addressed this issue? When the drivers interact, it becomes dangerous if they don’t interact, too.

Road traffic as a mirror of society

No wonder that “road traffic is a mirror of society”, as the chairman of the Federal Association of German Driving Schools put it. Because there is too little or too much interaction in society too, which in the end leads to everyone doing what they want.

Traffic psychology: what type of car driver are you?-Almost every second driver ignores

The know-it-all thinks he’s only surrounded by idiots

Source: Dunlop Goodyear

It is fortunate that science does not leave us alone. And repeatedly draws attention to the risks that accompany our actions. At home, on the street, as a driver, as a pedestrian.

Thank you, dear scientists! You sensitized us really well. Most of all against the nonsense you produce.

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