Who do you turn into when you get behind the wheel? Chances are you are one of these three types of drivers, according to TomTom Inc., which surveyed drivers in seven major U.S. cities to find out their driving habits and routines.
Drivers in Atlanta, Boston, Chicago, Houston, Los Angeles, Minneapolis and New York were asked the following questions:
- What do you do if you miss your exit?
- At what point do you fill your gas tank?
- How much time do you typically leave before an appointment?
- How do you react to being tailgated?
- How do you react to being cut off?
The three types of drivers:
1. Diligent Driver: An extremely conscientious driver who consistently sticks to the rules of the road.
2. Neutral Navigator: A milder breed of driver who takes a steady, "middle-of-the-road" approach to driving and typically goes with the flow.
3. Courageous Commuter: A bold driver who does what it takes to overcome the obstacles and complexities of daily driving. Some might call this driver aggressive and dangerous.
Key national statistics from the survey:
• 71.2 percent of Americans change their route, depending on the time of day, to reach their destination the fastest way possible.
High Score: Los Angeles, 78.3 percent
• 61.3 percent of Americans travel five to 10 miles over the speed limit.
High Score: Atlanta, 66.2 percent
• 34.5 percent of Americans sing and dance in the car while driving.
High Score: Los Angeles, 37.4 percent
• 21.6 percent of Americans slam on their brakes or slow down when being tailgated.
High Score: Atlanta, 26.4 percent
• 19.8 percent of Americans lean on their horns when someone cuts them off.
High Score: Boston, 27.6 percent
• 13.1 percent of Americans stick to the speed limit.
High Score: Minneapolis, 20 percent
• 10.7 percent of Americans curse or gesture crudely when someone cuts them off.
High Score: Atlanta, 14.4 percent
• 2 percent of Americans admit to picking their noses while driving.
High Score: Atlanta, 3 percent
--From the Editors at Netscape