Assuming that you actually had a choice in the matter, the type of car you drive speaks volumes about your personality. Most of us already instinctively know this, and we all have our observations and prejudices about the drivers of different cars.
However, several studies have already confirmed what we knew all along — there are differences between the drivers of different types of cars.
Here are just a few things your car reveals about your personality.
The specific type of car you own can give some clues about your temperament and also give some clues about your lifestyle as well.
If you had a number of other options available to you, yet you drive a Wigo, Focus, or Mirage G4, it’s likely that you are frugal, environmentally-aware, and live in a densely-populated area, at least according to research conducted at UC Davis. Densely-populated cities have a more challenging parking situation, and fuel-efficiency is a much bigger concern than it would be in areas with open roads.
Another thing that could be implied by driving a small car is that the owner isn’t a status-seeker. However, one must note that the UC Davis study was conducted in the US. In the Philippines, owning any car can be seen as a status symbol, so this may not necessarily apply if a small car is the only thing someone has access to.
When Filipinos are asked to think of a car, a sedan is the most common layout that comes to mind. Those who drive a Civic, Vios, or some other sedans are not likely to be very opinionated about their mode of travel, at least according to the UC Davis study.
Sedan drivers (when they’re not into mods, more on that below) tend to see their car simply as a tool and are more likely to be business-minded and relatively high income, compared to those who choose other types of car. It also seems that sedan owners tend to value stability and are somewhat particular about the country of origin and brand compared to the other features of their vehicle.
Pickup truck owners tend to dislike crowded spaces and tend to be work-minded or constantly involved in one project or another. They also tend to drive long distances and live in less-urbanized or rural areas. In the Philippine context, pickups often mean the owner is relatively well-to-do but practical and not above getting their hands dirty.
According to the UC Davis study, luxury car owners are generally older (Baby-boomers or early Gen-Xers) and more likely to drive long distances, be better-educated, and have higher incomes. Luxury car owners are more likely to be capitalistic, have “type-A” personalities, and are less concerned about the environment. While they have an independent streak, they also tend to seek status and find the opinion of others important.
Going off the same study, it should be no surprise that sports car owners are thrill seekers who are generally younger than luxury sedan owners. Sports car owners also tend to have high but unstable incomes, at least in contrast to luxury car owners. Given the relatively low number of sports cars in the Philippines, you may want to take that with a grain of salt.
If you own a Carnival, a HiAce, or any high-capacity passenger vehicle, chances are that you are sociable and tend to drive long distances. Family is probably important to you and you’re less likely to give in to road rage. You probably don’t need a study to tell you all those things, because no one in their right mind buys these vehicles just for themselves.
AUV’s and MPV’s are kind of a cross between minivans and SUV’s and it shows in the temperament of the usual AUV or MPV owner. They are likely to be sociable, but also busy with different projects. They also tend to be practical – and very Filipino.
As it turns out, drivers of these vehicles are not necessarily the alpha douches that popular culture deems them to be. Instead, they are most concerned about their personal safety as well as that of their families, at least according to Susan M. Henney, Ph.D., professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown.
Like MPV and AUV owners, SUV owners tend to use their vehicles for different purposes, though they are not as work-oriented, nor do they drive distances as far as pickup truck owners. They are also most likely to be Gen-Xers or late Millennials as well.
You can also make a few assumptions about the car owner not just on the type of car, but also based on specific qualities of their vehicle as well.
If your car is all-souped up to look flashy, this could be a red flag. Henney also stated in an interview for Reader’s Digest that drivers of highly-modified vehicles are less confident. She says “They’re compensating for feeling a lack of power somewhere by making up for it in their car”. We’re sure this is something a lot of Pinoy “car dudes” don’t want to hear.
White LED headlights
People with these headlights – to no one’s surprise – value their own comfort and safety over everyone else’s. Using these headlights, even after acknowledging their effects on other drivers, can indicate sociopathic or antisocial behavior.
You obviously feel a deep connection with your university. However, you might a bit overbearing and entitled. Honestly, no one wants to know what school you came from.
Regardless of the subject of the stickers, you are likely to be quite outspoken about your opinions and hobbies. For better or worse, you probably are not the type to keep your thoughts to yourself.
You’re probably an outdoorsy person with relatively high income. You value your health and you try to leave the city whenever you could.
Lastly, you can also make a few reasonable guesses about a car owner’s personality based on the color of their cars. It’s worth noting that color connotations are different from culture-to-culture and that car color popularity can be influenced by the economic state of a country as well as by popular style trends.
Red vehicles tend to be owned by people seeking to be the center of attention. And they’re more likely to get what they want. Studies have shown that red cars are more likely to be stopped by police and are also more likely to be stolen.
Owners of dull gray cars tend to be more conservative in their values, or perhaps they just don’t like cleaning their cars very often. It’s also worth noting that car color choices can differ based on the economic state of a country, as well as based on the colors manufacturers choose to make available.
Black is the most common color for luxury sedans, which isn’t surprising given it connotes sophistication and formality. Like gray car owners, owners of black cars tend to skew conservative with their values.
Silver car owners like to be flashy but not too obvious about it. They are also likely interested in tech, as well. Silver car owners may be loners as well.
Owners of white sedans are totally unafraid of people making taxi jokes at their expense. All kidding aside, the color white is not so popular these days, given the taxi connotations. But owners of white cars tend to value elegance, status, and honesty. Which is ironic, given the taxi connection.
Choosing a yellow car has nothing to do with the owner being dilawan, though we doubt someone from the DDS would choose this color. Politics aside, the color yellow is often favored by those with a cheery and optimistic outlook. They tend to be either childish or young at heart — depending on who you ask.
Owners of brown and dark green cars tend to dislike flash and try to be down-to-earth. They try to blend into the background in social situations and not make a big deal about anything unless it’s truly important.
Green cars are not especially common in Metro Manila, or the rest of the country for that matter – after all, it is the color Car From Japan associates with patience, sensibility, and confidence. Have you seen a green car on the Philippine streets lately? We don’t think so!
Blue is one of the most common car colors, denoting optimism, openness, and compassion, according to the Car From Japan blog. We’re guessing it’s probably just because most car owners in the Philippines are male, and blue tends to be statistically a more popular color for men. What do you think?
Of course, not everyone fits within these archetypes. While stereotyping people according to their vehicular choices can be fun and offers insights into their personality, a person’s actual behavior on and off the road is a far more reliable barometer of their character.
Do you agree with the assumptions above? Why or why not? Comment below.