The first type of driver is The Teacher, who needs to make sure other drivers know what they’ve done wrong and expects recognition for his or her efforts to teach others.
The Know it All
The next type is The Know-it-All, who thinks they are surrounded “by incompetent fools” and often keep themselves happy by shouting condescendingly at other drivers while being protected in their vehicle.
The third is The Competitor, who constantly needs to get ahead of other drivers and is constantly annoyed when someone gets in the way. That driver can be identified by the constant need to accelerate when someone tries to overtake them or closing the gap to prevent someone from getting in front of them.
Next up is The Punisher, who likes to punish other drivers for any perceived misbehavior. Better known as road ragers, these drivers might end up getting out of their cars to approach other drivers directly.
Then there’s The Philosopher, which accepts misbehavior easily and tries to rationally explain it. Those drivers often manage to control their emotions while inside a car.
Sixth on the list is The Avoider, who treats misbehaving other drivers impersonally and dismisses them as a hazard.
Last is The Escapee, a driver that likes to listen to music or talks on the phone while behind the wheel. According to the researchers, The Escapee “distracts themselves with selected social relationships so that they do not have to relate to any of the other drivers on the road. It’s also a strategy for not getting frustrated in the first place.”