Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Driving Your Lifestyle

Newspaper article Coffs Coast Advocate (Coffs Harbour, Australia)

Driving Your Lifestyle

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Byline: Dr Neil Flanagan

HAVE you ever considered whether people live their lives the way they drive their cars? The jury is still out on answering that one, but if there is a relationship between them, I'll leave it to you to consider any implications.

Next time you're out and about put your observation skills to the test and see whether or not you agree with those that I have identified.

I name one group Dozers. They get their name from dozing-off at traffic lights. It's as if the colour red invokes a strange power over them, putting them into a trance-like state. So powerful is this colour that, when the light eventually turns green, the Dozer just sits there as if spellbound. And despite urging by other drivers hoping for some sign of action, the Dozer just sits there. And when he or she finally wakes-up to the fact that others are becoming increasingly impatient, the light resumes its redness. Usually it's only the Dozer who makes it through in time.

Another group are what I call Bummers. They earn their name from their practice of tailgating. They're particularly prevalent in Queensland. Bummers insist on driving so close that, when you look in the rear-view mirror, another car appears to be in the back seat. And accelerating or breaking has little or no effect on the Bummer; they seem hell-bent on staying put. The only way you can rid yourself of them is to pull over and let them pass.

Colourblinds are another type. They're usually males who confuse the colours red, orange, and green. Colourblinds can't be counted on to drive according to the colour of the traffic lights. An orange light could result in acceleration to avoid stopping when the light changes to red, or it could mean stopping in prepa- ration for a change to red. And their action this time doesn't mean that it will be repeated next time. …

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