You are what you eat, and apparently you are what you drive, too. Automobiles can be an extension of a person’s true personality and sometimes this is truer than the driver ever realizes. Have you ever considered if your car matches your personality? Well take a closer look, because here are ten things the type of car you drive says about you.
10. You’re a Soccer Mom
If you own one of these, chances are you’re a soccer mom:
–Minivan, which by the way is now considered the old school soccer mom vehicle. So, if you’re still driving one of these, you’re most likely an old mom.
–SUV, a.k.a the cool soccer mom car
-CUV, or Crossover. If you drive one of these chances are you’re a mother who used to own a minivan, and now your kids have grown up a bit so you don’t need the extra car space.
–Range Rover Sport. Driving this vehicle sends the message that you’re a soccer mom who’s also well-to-do.
9. Whether You’re a Democrat or Republican
A recent study conducted by researchers at Stanford University revealed that your political stance can be determined by the type of car you drive. For example, in cities where sedans outnumber pickup trucks, there is an 88 percent chance the city will vote Democratic. And, in cities where pickup trucks outnumber sedans, there is an 82 percent chance the city will vote Republican. “We show that it is possible to determine socioeconomic statistics and political preferences in the U.S. population by combining publicly available data with machine-learning methods,” said the report, published in the Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences.
8. You’re a Speed Demon
A recent study showed that your odds of getting a ticket are determined by the car you drive–or, more appropriately stated, speed demons prefer certain types of cars. Here are the top ten cars (in descending order) speed demons drive and the percentage of drivers getting tickets:
-ES 300 (People driving this vehicle get caught speeding the most. However, we’re uncertain of the percentage of tickets given out.)
-Nissan 350Z (32.5 percent)
-Dodge Charger SE/SXT (32.1 percent)
-Volkswagen Jetta GL (31.4 percent)
-Chevrolet Monte Carlo LS/LT (30.8 percent)
-Mazda Mazda3S (30.3 percent)
-Volkswagen GTI (30.3 percent)
-Dodge Stratus SXT (30.2 percent)
-Acura 3.0S (30.1 percent)
-Toyota Tacoma (30.1 percent)
7. Your Confidence Level
According to a Reader’s Digest article, Susan M. Henney, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown, says that if you drive a “tricked-out” pickup truck, you probably lack self-confidence. The bigger and more attention-seeking the vehicle is, the less confident its driver is likely to be, Henney added. “They’re compensating for feeling a lack of power somewhere by making up for it in their car.”
Speaking of compensating for a lack of something, The Odyssey Online says that people who drive a Ford Raptor are looking to “make up for the fact that I’m lacking size somewhere else.”
On the other hand, people who drive dark blue cars are said to be confident. They also like being an authority figure.
6. You’re Family-Oriented
If you’ve got those stick-figure family window stickers in the back glass of your vehicle, you’re family-oriented. Well, duh, that goes without saying. Unless of course you bought the car off someone else who happened to be family-oriented. But, anyway, according to Henney those stickers are a way of “establishing your place in the social hierarchy, declaring your status, and showing others you’re superior to their families.” They can also be quite dangerous. That’s because they share way too much information about your family, like your kids’ names and ages, their hobbies, the name of your pet, and so on.
5. You’re a Multitasker
If you’ve got tons of trash in your car–junk mail, soda cans, food wrappers, etc.–you’re a multitasker, although most people would probably say you’re just a slob. But, according to psychologist Nicole Cutts, that clutter is simply a physical manifestation of your mental state. “The way you maintain your car, inside and out, gives people some insight into your personality, Cutts told Reader’s Digest. If it’s a mess, it could be sending others the message that your a very busy person.
4. Your Generation
Did you know that the type of car you drive can also tell someone your age? And, they don’t even have to see you, the driver, to know–or at least make a guess. Okay, here goes:
-AUDI. You’re a Millennial.
-FORD. You’re either a Gen X’er or a Baby Boomer.
-TOYOTA. You’re most likely a Gen X’er.
-HONDA. You’re a Millennial.
-CHRYSLER. You’re probably older than 65.
-BMW. You’re most likely under 30.
-MERCEDES BENZ. You’re either a Gen X’er or a Baby Boomer.
-LEXUS. You’re probably older than 65.
-VOLKSWAGEN. You’re a Gen X’er.
3. You Love Cars
These are the folks who like and/or drive muscle cars. They enjoy automotive history, love the mechanical aspects of cars, and are probably a mechanic–well, at least they probably work on their own vehicle anyway.
People who drive sports cars, including small, sporty sedans, also fit into this category. They love driving just because, and their car is like a second home to them.
Or, it could be that these folks are just trying way too hard to look cool, which is sometimes the case.
2. You’re Practical
If there is an affordable four-door car parked in your driveway or garage, you’re likely the practical, level-headed type. You’re also the type to clip coupons and make good financial decisions in general, and you think about things life dependability, safety, gas mileage and high resale value when it comes to purchasing a car.
Something else practical people drive? Gray-colored cars. “It’s a color that is obviously very neutral,” color consultant and trend forecaster Leatrice Eiseman told TODAY. “So it’s really rather sober. The person who chooses it is usually very practical, very pragmatic. They’re people who make lists and talk things out.”
1. You’re Selfish
If your car has ultra-bright LED headlights, then you’re most likely the selfish type. While these lights give you a brighter glow while using much less power, and can be very helpful on dark country roads, they are also a safety hazard because they blind other drivers. So, when you choose a car specifically for these types of headlights, what you’re saying is that your comfort is more important than the safety of others, and even your own safety for that matter.
DID YOU KNOW?
Ultra-bright LED headlights have become so problematic that some cities are considering legislation to ban them.
Are any of these things true about you or someone you know? Tell us about it. We’d love to know!