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Do you have a High Risk Driving Personality?

By Cathy Daniels~

Have you ever completed a personality profile when deciding on a career, seeking a mate, or just for fun?   How about when assessing your risk of experiencing a collision on the road? A May 2011 report, entitled “Addressing Human Factors in the Motor Carrier Industry in Canada”, revealed that drivers of both personal and commercial vehicles with specific personality traits were much more likely to be involved in a crash.

Intense driving

The “Type A” personality, who may be prone to speeding and tailgating needs to slow down and “chill out”. No, that business call does not need to be answered while on your way to work, and you need to be focused on the road, not that big presentation this afternoon.

The “Thrill Seeker” is also a higher risk driver. Staying out late at yet another party with friends, the thrill seeker is more likely to drive while fatigued. A feeling of invulnerability can lead to speeding and other risky behaviours.

Ask yourself the following questions:

If you answered yes to 2 or more of these questions, you may wish to think about how your attitudes, related to your personality, affect your driving. Practicing road safety will mean that you can think about the next step on the career ladder, or meeting your soul mate.



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