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What Does Your Driving Style Reveal About Your Mental Health?

Are you tailgater ? Do you have occasional road rage? Do you drive slow in the fast lane?

Clinical Psychologist Dr. John Huber came up with this piece on driving styles. I thought I would pass it on. It is pretty interesting.  


For drivers who leave a football width of space between you and them, they are likely reckless individuals with little thought for the long term future. If the car in front slams their breaks, an accident could immediately occur. These individuals are prone to have difficulty in being patient.

Driving Slow In The Fast Lane

These individuals may either be completely oblivious to their actions or they may exude an usual amount of arrogance. When an individual drives slow in the fast lane, they are saying "they know best" and that others need to heel to their will. These drivers may be exercising their control issues on anyone unlucky enough to be behind them.

The Distracted Driver

Texting, FaceTiming, Snapchatting or even excessive talking on the phone can cause a deadly accident. Those who partake in any of these activities behind the wheel of a car are prone to have issues with prioritizing (choosing distraction over safety) and maturity.

Those Who Repeatedly Hit Their Brakes

When the lights of the car in front of you flash more than the lights on your Christmas tree, your patience may be getting the ultimate test. Those who hit their brakes too often may have self confidence issues because this type of driving is overly cautious.

Not Signaling

Not bothering to flick a switch telling the person behind you that you are about to turn may reveal that the individual is indifferent to others. It also reveals that person is likely self centered.

Those Who Honk Right When The Light Turns Green

If patience is a virtue than these types of drivers are surely missing this virtue. Over aggression is another mental health characteristic we may find with these individuals. Or they could be late to working and need to focus on learning to manage time more effectively.

Speeding / Weaving In & Out Of Lanes

If you're on the road and get passed by someone who appears to be playing a real life version of the video game "Grand Theft Auto," get out of the way. These individuals are not only reckless but, they are likely over confident and have some anger issues.

Road Rage Provocateurs

Anyone who gets out of their car with the intention of carrying out physical violence against another driver is someone who has self control issues. In addition, they may have a penchant for violence. Avoid them at all costs.

About Dr. Huber

Dr. John Huber ( is the Chairman for Mainstream Mental Health, a non-profit organization that brings lasting and positive change to the lives of individuals that suffer from mental health issues. A mental health professional for over twenty years, Dr. Huber is a Clinical Forensic Psychologist, and he is a practitioner with privileges at two long term acute care hospitals. Dr. Huber has appeared on over three hundred top tier radio shows (NBC Radio, CBS, Fox News Radio) and thirty national television programs (ABC, NBC, Spectrum News). In addition Dr. Huber is the host of “Mainstream Mental Health Radio” which is heard nationwide and features interviews with today’s top mental health professionals.
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