your driving ability written in the Chinese zodiac?
7 February Chinese New Year is celebrated to welcome in 2008, the
year of the Rat. But does your Chinese astrological sign influence
your ability as a driver?
Online car insurance specialist elephant.co.uk thinks it could. It
looked at data from over 2 million policyholders and found that some
astrological signs are definitely more likely to hold a motoring
conviction or have an accident than others.
If you, or those whose car you regularly ride in, are a Sheep (born
in 1943, 1955, 1967 or 1979) you might want to watch out as it was
Sheep that topped the list of the most dangerous drivers. Sheep were
closely followed for both accidents and motoring convictions, such
as speeding or jumping a red light, by those born in the year of the
Monkey (1944, 1956, 1968, 1980). At the other end of the scale
and having both the least accidents and convictions are those born
in the years of the Rabbit (1951, 1963, 1975, 1987) and Tiger (1950,
1962, 1974, 1986).
elephant.co.uk managing director, Brian Martin said:-
"Although just a bit of fun, our research does suggest the year you
were born could affect your driving ability. Having looked at
the character traits of the different animals in the Chinese zodiac,
we might have expected fiery Dragons to be the most likely to have
motoring convictions. We certainly wouldn’t have expected
unpredictable Tigers to be some of the safest drivers, but perhaps
more likely to be the most accident-prone. Mild-mannered Sheep
do seem an unlikely sign to top the list of both accidents and
convictions. I wonder if their daydreaming tendencies mean they’re
not paying enough attention to the road. It was much less of a
surprise to find reserved and cautious Rabbits make some of the
As for those born this year or other years of the Rat, they are at
the safer end of both lists. As for their personalities, they are
supposed to be hard working and sociable but can be selfish.
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