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.