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  • Writer's pictureRobert Eckelman

What does the way you drive reveal about your personality?

Updated: May 10, 2023

last weekend while driving I was cut off. I was at a light, both lanes turned left. The light was red, so I was stopped. A driver passed me on the left side, and cut me off only to turn right. I had time so I followed him. I did not confront this driver or have words with him. I just wondered why someone would pull such a jerk move. After about 1/2 mile the driver turned into Home Depot. This confirmed my suspicion there was no emergency he was just a jerk and I am fairly sure this is the way he lives life in all aspects.

My son who was following me at the time immediately called my cell and said did you see what that guy did? I simply replied, “don't ever be that guy”.

Immediately it made me think, does the way a person drives indicate the type of person, employee, or friend they really are. Are they considerate and responsible, or are they self-centered, careless, dangerous, nervous (high-strung), loud, impatient, one who cuts corners, morally compromised

I thought about a sales call I once made with a former employee. The guy was driving crazy. weaving in and out of traffic like he owned the roads, tailgating, and being completely disrespectful to other drivers. I looked at my watch and asked when we were supposed to be at the appointment. It was clear we were going to be about 1/2 hour late. I asked him if he called the client to let them know we were running late, the answer no.

I responded his procrastination and irresponsibility did not entitle him to jeopardize the safety of other drivers or my safety. I asked him to slow down and call the client and let them know we would be late or we could reschedule. We went on the call and quite frankly it was a disaster, not a shocker. After knowing this person for several years I absolutely could have predicted this is the way he would drive. A few years later I spoke to this person. He proceeded to blame other people for his lack of success. That was not a hard one to guess either.

I am not a psychologist, and I don't know if it's even possible to have an inferiority complex and a superiority complex at the same time, but I really think this person did and it showed up in his driving.

I do see all kinds of drivers and I think there is a lot to learn about personalities. The next time I interview someone I think it will be behind the wheel of their car. Here's a quick article- How You Drive Reveals a Lot About Your Personality


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