Nearly 37,000 ways to drive, claims Hyundai

Hyundai has revealed that there are 36,750 different ways to 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. 

Five basic identifications for driving styles were determined by the study:

1. Confident 28%

2. Fair and measured 24%

3. Calm 19%

4. Nervous 7%

5. Aggressive 7%

The research found that men were more likely to label themselves as confident drivers, with 3% of them choosing that, as opposed to 25% of women. Women were more likely than men to describe themselves as nervous behind the wheel.

Other findings from the survey included:

  • 92% said they never beep at another driver
  • Over two-fifths (42%) slow down and let buses move in front of them
  • Over one third (37%) always ensure they thank other drivers on the road
  • A fifth of drivers admitted to speeding up at amber lights to get through before red.

Hyundai developed The Drive Different Test to analyse six core driving parameters for AFV drivers – such as pupil tracking, facial recognition, heart rate and smoothness in using the foot and hand controls – and compares them to internal combustion engine vehicle drivers.

Gary Lamb said: “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.

“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.”

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