Wednesday, January 03, 2007

Weird Wednesday-Well that explains it...

So, what's your sign? You crash here often?
By Naomi Kim


TORONTO, Dec 13 (Reuters Life!) - Never mind how careful you are behind the wheel or how long you've been driving, the signs of the zodiac may be bigger factors behind your ability to avoid car crashes -- or why you have too many. According to a study by InsuranceHotline.com, a Web site that quotes drivers on insurance rates, astrological signs are a significant factor in predicting car accidents.

The study, which looked at 100,000 North American drivers' records from the past six years, puts Libras (born September 23-October 22) followed by Aquarians (January 20-February 18) as the worst offenders for tickets and accidents. Leos (July 23-August 22) and then Geminis (May 21-June 20) were found to be the best overall.

Even age, another variable for determining insurance rates, is less of a consideration to researcher Romanov. The cutoff line for being considered a higher risk driver is 24 years of age; 25-year-olds are considered not-high risk. "I'd rather get into a car with a 24-year-old Leo than a 25-year-old Aries," Romanov said. Leos, described along with the study results on
InsuranceHotline.com/a10.html, are "generous, and comfortable in sharing the roadway." Aries, on the other hand, "have a 'me first' childlike nature that drives Aries into trouble." "I wasn't believing in it before," said Romanov, "but I would think twice before getting into a car with an Aries."

Now, listen...I've got at least some anecdotal evidence that suggests otherwise. My husband, his mother, and my grandfather are/were all Aquarians who are described at the site as ' impulsive, and ruled by the Planet of speed and rebellion. Aquarians need to get a better grip behind the wheel.' I have to say all three of these people are the safest and slooowwweeesssttt drivers I've ever been with. Mr. Lime is meticulous about following speed limits as his his mother. My grandfather, may he rest in peace, was known for his maddening tendency to drive well UNDER the speed limit.

Then there is my Cancerian dad who is described as 'They’re homebodies, and consider the roadway of drivers their extended family. But they’re a moody group, and would be the ones to honk at you for no reason at all.' Well, if you regard alternating between completely ignoring your family or shouting comments about suggested sexual activites for fellow drivers all while driving at top speed as good family behavior I guess this is dead on accurate. Oh, and that homebody thing? No, he loved driving in the Champs-Elysee madness and admires Beijing drivers who he tells me have no actual rules about right of way other than 'He who has the biggest cajones has right of way, even if it's a bicyclist going up against a Mack truck.'

As a Libra I supposedly 'Crave balance and consensus. Libra doesn’t like to make snap decisions. But rush hour traffic is not a time for seeking driver approval, or for being indecisive.' Apparently I am also the most prone to accidents. Personally, I can't stand to be behind someone who doesn't seem to know where the heck they are going. 'Hhhmm, should I turn right or left or maybe I should just slow down and block traffic completely while I get my map out and call on my cellphone for help.' This sort of driving makes me want to shout, 'Would you DRIVE already!!!' Just pick a turn and go or else pull over while you form a committee to assess the choices.

We're just not going to mention that I had three accidents in three years. Shaddup! None of them were my fault.

20 comments:

KFarmer said...

As a young Aries, I will have to admit your description is correct. It was "come on Grandpa! The left hand lane is a passing land, not a lets mosey down the road going 45 mph backing up traffic." I got several speeding tickets. Change became necessary and now I am a mild mannered driver who goes the speed limit, or maybe just 5 miles over... in the right hand lane of course ;)

Anonymous said...

HEY! I'm a Libra and have never had an accident OR a ticket and I've been driving for over 25 yrs. now. *oh crap, that was the kiss of death wasn't it?*... My husband is an Aries and neither has he, well he did get a ticket for not making a complete stop at that stop sign, but that was 26 yrs. ago.

I do however, engage in the same conversations you have with other STUPID drivers on the road. :-)

Jodes said...

interesting, i am a Cancer, and I always drive over the limit. hmmmmm....

Logophile said...

I am an Aquarian and I have only had two tickets in the 16 years I've been driving. As for accidents, well, I drove in Naples for three years, that skews the numbers, but those weren't my fault, I swear!

DaMasta said...

hahah.. yup yup! They are never ''your fault'', are they? ;)

I'm Crapricorn, so naturally I wasn't surprised when it said that I think the rules of the road are for the other drivers to follow to that they could get out of my way so I can get to my destination faster :D

Sounds good to me!

Anonymous said...

I am a Cancer, and I don't think I qualify as homebody either. Although I think I am a bit more mellow than your dad. Sounds like he would feel right at home on the autobahn.

kevian said...

Lawd very interesting.. I am a sagi..i wonder what they say about them...lol

Rob said...

Yeah, yeah, yeah! Never mind this "junk science" about Zodiac signs determining driving acumen! What I want to know about is the bottle of pancake syrup on your kitchen floor that you mentioned over at Snavy's blog! Now THAT is worthy of a blog entry! ;-)

snavy said...

Interesting. I see some truth in many of them but as for Mr. S -- this is sooooooo not true. I do believe some day he may be arrested for a road rage incident though.

Hey Limey -- I just realized the syrup incident is the same little lime featured in the vasaline incident. I see a pattern here. I advise keeping shampoo, corn syrup, liquid detergents, motor oil and other such material use under supervision whenever possible.

Breazy said...

I am a Taurus and I have an at fault wreck for each year of the first three years I drove . I however , haven't had a wreck that was my fault in 12yrs . When I get behind the indecisive drivers I normally start muttering to myself and soon get loud with a "will you please shit or get off the pot already" !

Seamus said...

Ha! The astrological actuary! Now there is an oxymoron! LOL

jillie said...

I live with a cancer and he is ROAD RAGE KING! He thinks he owns the road and if the other drivers aren't doing at least 20 over the limit they should get the F#$#@$ off the road. He needs to switch to decaf before he kills us all. He learned to drive in Boston and NYC...I think that explains a lot...LOL

Sheri said...

LOL at Jillie's comment! Why is she living with my husband? Wait a minute.... another man drives just like mine? I feel your pain, sista.

Michelle - you find the coolest stuff to share on your blog!

Anonymous said...

I too am a libran and I too react as you do on the road, but in the 25 years I've been driving I've had 2 accidents. I'm such a cool driver. I hate those slow-pokes who can never seem to make up their minds where they're going or drift over into your lane. Slow drivers make me doubt their legitimacy. If they want to look at the f#@&ing scenery, pull over and f%$#ing walk!

~TVS said...

Horoscopes are SUCH a crock! But I'm a Leo. Get out of my way....

BTExpress said...

I'm a Scorpio and I just try to stay in my lane when I drive. I'm usually thinking about...uh, well, you know..... so staying in my lane is about all I can handle when I driving.

Anonymous said...

non practicing scorpio here...

several accidents over the years, (most not my fault, some were,,,) In truth? I'm probably one of the better drivers I know, and love ALL driving conditions... (okay Black Ice is not a good time,)

I prefer a stick, as well as Eight Cylinders, 4wd isn't bad, (but I don't need it,) and definitely love rear wheel drive...

Favourite pastime??? (actually had a chance to do this twice back in the Eighties at Temple Ambler Campus, (huge commuter parking lot that had just been plowed...) Ripping around the lot, in a huge half mile oval, in a '80 Dodge Aspen (slant/six) SIDEWAYS... living every dirt track fantasy until dawn... (huge clumps of snow and ice would warm up and suddenly fall off the car from underneath, much to the dismay of fellow motorists behind me for the next couple of days...
Driving is not just a contact sport, it's an artform...

m said...

hm....three accidents in three years and none your fault? so what were the signs of the other drivers?

that would be a good question after an accident, not "what is your insurance?" but "what is your sign?"

in the new age metaphysical world i think accidents mean that something is blocked in your life and/or you are going in the wrong direction. so, the theory is, if you meditate about your life and find out what it is you need to change, the accidents will stop.

Anonymous said...

Maybe people should pay more attention to the road, and NOT the stars!

Men drive like they own the road...women drive like there is no one else on it!

Anonymous said...

I am a libra....I don't know if I agree with the assesment.