Many people talk about the proper or “right” way to drive, but new research from Hyundai has identified 36,750 different ways to drive, with numerous variables impacting how you drive.
The company partnered with Dr. Mark Hadley from the University of Warwick and driving expert Gary Lamb in creating The Drive Different Test, to showcase how alternatively fuelled vehicles will impact driving styles.
The survey of 2,000 UK motorists explored attitudes toward driving styles, alternative energy vehicles and common misconceptions about different energy sources. The survey revealed how drivers view their driving attitudes, including confident (with 28% of respondents identifying themselves as such), fair and measured (24%), calm (19%), nervous (7%) and aggressive (7%). In terms of gender, 31% of men identified themselves as confident, while women were most likely to identify themselves as nervous.
By comparison, drivers of alternatively fuelled cars are more likely to identify themselves as calm, compared to internal combustion engine drivers (21% versus 19%), though they’re also more likely to listen to classical or jazz music.
On the road, 92% of respondents said they never use the horn, 42% yield the right of way to busses, 37% said they always waved a thank you at other drivers, and 20% said they speed up through a yellow light.
The Drive Different Test is a real time test that analyses six core driving parameters, such as pupil tracking, facial recognition, heart rate and smoothness using foot or hand controls.
“There are many things that impact someone’s driving style, their technical skill of course but also confidence, experience and even the music they listen to and until they actually get behind the wheel you can never predict which way it will go,” explained Lamb. Over my 25 years as a driving instructor I’ve seen them all. What’s interesting now is that alternatively fuelled vehicles are also affecting our driving style. As 2040 draws nearer, and our cities and motorways fill with zero-emission capable vehicles, I’m excited to see how the way we drive will change, hopefully for the better.”