Do UK Drivers Have a Stereotype?
Do UK Drivers Have a Stereotype?
It doesn’t take long either driving on British roads or simply being a passenger in a vehicle out and about to see there is a distinct set of drivers out there, all categorizable by their traits. Although this sectioning of other drivers can be somewhat down to personal assumptions made about driving techniques and to some extent manners and social ability, there are really some key stereotypes. We’ll take a look at a few of the more common ones here.
The boy racer:
Possible one of the most dangerous drivers around. They are usually young, mildly irresponsible, driving a vehicle more powerful than they should be allowed to handle, and they lack the responsibility and adherence to road laws that we all should follow. If there was any question about the idea of stereotypes in drivers, a short look at this group would surely answer the question swiftly.
White van man:
Not always as obvious as looking for a white van, the idea that there are many irresponsible van and large vehicle drivers out there who think they own the road and exploit this ownership is not hard to see. Pushing in at queues, pulling out on other vehicles and generally barging their way through where patience would be a virtue are some of the lovely qualities you can expect to see.
Moving to the other end of the spectrum now, we move away from the irresponsible and downright dangerous to the super careful Sunday drivers. These can be the most frustrating and infuriating for drivers who are trying to get anywhere in any reasonable time frame. You will notice that driving 10 mph under the speed limit no matter what, slow turning, over explanatory indication and a general lack of pace are all common traits of this category.
As pushy as the white van man, as dangerous as the boy racer but with the added annoyance of a huge expensive and powerful vehicle. The businessman who feels there isn’t enough time in the day to get everything done that they need to do. Charging past other vehicles, flashing to overtake and generally showing off in their flash 3 litre, turbo powered BMW or Audi.
Mr. Road Rage:
We all make mistakes out on the road and we all see other people making these mistakes. Sometimes these mistakes affect us and we need to brake hard to alter our manoeuvre to avoid any nasty collision. Accepting that mistakes are made on all sides is key to driving success. Some people, however, don’t have the ability to let go. If you find yourself face to face with a foul-mouthed, raging maniac who would rather follow you bumper to bumper after cutting him up, rather than moving on and forgetting about it, then you have probably run into Mr. Road Rage.
Putting a stereotype to another driver is down to your perception as a driver yourself. Although there are some categories of driver that I’m sure we can all agree on, what is difficult is putting yourself into one of these negative groups. Self-perception is probably one of the hardest things to get over, why not try and see which group you fall in?
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