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What Kind Of Driver Are You?
by Carasue Moody

Since NSWMA and SWANA have team up together to distribute Safety Flyers highlighting the importance of driving carefully especially around Solid Waste and Recycling vehicles. So, what kind of driver are you?

People who drive dangerously are no laughing matter. There are enough unintentional accidents that kill people and ruin lives without deliberately creating a dangerous situation for spite or retaliation. The following quiz suggests choices we have when we encounter vehicle related situations that we find annoying. The point of it is to identify the way you would react. We all know which is the correct and rational response, but be honest when you answer. Consider the grief and suffering that could be caused by childish behavior.


Have you been accused of being a ‘RAGER’ of the road kind? Have those drives into work or school become increasingly colorful in language and have the old road signals turned into gestures of the most obscene kind?

If you’ve answered yes to any of these questions, then maybe it’s time for you to test your ROAD RAGE QUOTIENT. That is, if you have the patience to sit for five minutes.

1. If you are driving in traffic in the fast lane and the person in front of you is driving the speed limit do you:

a.) Slow down, because you realize you are speeding

b.) Slow down, turn on your signal and move into the other lane and eventually move back into the fast lane

c.) Tailgate the idiot

d.) Turn on your high beams and honk your horn and tailgate

e). Zip into the slow lane then zip into the fast lane while giving an obscene gesture and then slow down in front of the jerk

2. You are in a parking lot looking for a parking space. You spot an empty place but there is a women standing in the middle of the space obviously saving it for her husband who is nowhere to be seen. Do you:

a.) Move on and look for another place

b.) Give her a dirty look and then move on

c.) Swear at her telling her to “move her fat butt”

d.) Act like you are going to drive into her

e.) Drive into the spot just missing her by an inch

3. You are stopped at a traffic light and the light has just turned green. The person in front of you is chatting on a cell phone. Do you: a.) Wait calmly, realizing that it will only be a second or two

b.) Wait a second, put on your signals and move into another lane

c.) Honk your horn and yell out your window “pay attention idiot”

d.) Zoom up quickly behind the person, honking madly

e) Zoom up behind, swerve beside the person ranting and raving, then in the middle of the intersection slow down in front of the person and then zoom off

4. A person is tailgating you. Do you:

a.) As soon as it is safe, signal and pull into an other lane

b.) Continue on because you are going the speed limit

c.) Stick you hand out the window and give them and obscene gesture

d.) Slow down even more and make it impossible for the idiot to get into another lane

e.) Slow down, then speed up, then slow down again and slam on the brakes

5. When you are in your car how often are you ranting and raving:

a.) Almost never

b.) Occasionally

c.) Most of the time

d.) 99% of the time

e.) 100% of the time in the car and 50% of the time outside of the car once you’ve reached your destination

6. Which of the following groups of people do you find have poor driving skills:

a.) Sorry I can’t categorize them

b.) People who drive for a living

c.) People from other ethnicity than your own, women drivers, taxi driver

d.) Other ethnicity, women, teenagers, older people, people with glasses, taxi drivers, blondes, people who are so short that they can’t be seen behind the wheel, minivan drivers, sports car drivers, truckers

e.) All of the above plus brunettes, black haired people, bald people, red heads, punk haired people, members of the hair club

7. I find driving to be:

a.) Fun and relaxing

b.) Relaxing when I’m alone on the road but nerve wracking in city traffic

c.) A good place where I can really let loose and express myself

d.) A place where I show the rest of the world what a bunch of incompetents they are

8. My driving skills are:

a.) Good

b.) Great

c.) Better than most on the road

d.) Superior

e.) I am the best; no one comes close to my skill

9. You are driving down the road going your usual speed when you spot a women putting on her makeup. Do you:

a.) Laugh and continue on your way

b.) Drive by and give her a dirty look

c.) Speed past her and yell “Forget it, it won’t help”

d.) Speed past, give her an obscene gesture, and yell obscenities

e.) Same and “d” but also cut in front of her and slam on the brakes

10. Which phrase fits best how you feel”

a.) I like people

b.) I like some people

c.) Most people suck

d.) I like people when they are not around

e.) I like people once they are dead

OK, it’s time to tally up your score. Give yourself the following points for each letter:

For every “a” give yourself 0 points

For every “b” give yourself 2 points

For every “c” give yourself 3 points

For every “d” give yourself 4 points

For every “e” give yourself 5 points

What kind of driver are you? Read the results:

0 – 6: You’re a saint. If everybody were like you there would be peace.

7 – 20: You have good and bad days on the road. Overall you only suffer from mild road rage

21 – 30: You can be seen by others as scary at times. Take some form of sport to channel your energies

31 – 40: You’re dangerous. Increase your medication now

41 – 50: You’re a truly sick individual. Move to the country immediately, become a vegetarian, take up Yoga, quit your job and buy a farm, grow vegetables, denounce the consumer society, join Greenpeace, donate all your motorized vehicles to a worthy cause.

Remember to Drive Safely, The Life You Save Could Be Your Own or Your Next Customer.