It’s in the stars: What the zodiac tells you about your driving
Could it be that Aquarius is the sign of road rage and Virgo is the sign of traffic safety? Yes, it’s true, astrologers say — as true as the existence of the sun, the moon and the stars.
Zodiac signs have long been considered predictors of everything from your love life to your work life. But they also have plenty to say about your driving habits, according to astrologers.
Astrologer Michelle Perrin says your sign offers clues about your predisposition toward tailgating, speeding, plodding along or darting from lane to lane. Of course, all of those behaviors can affect your auto insurance rates — for better or for worse.
“Your driving habits are literally written in the stars,” Perrin says.
|Your zodiac sign indicates what kind of behind-the-wheel personality you have, astrologers say.|
Recently, there’s been plenty of fretting and hand-wringing about a supposed reconfiguration of the zodiac chart and the zodiac’s “newest” member, Ophiuchus. Now, many people are wondering, “What’s my real sign?”
Relax, astrologer Donna Stellhorn says. Nothing actually has changed. “The concept of the stars shifting has been around for hundreds of years. And the sign you’ve always followed is still yours,” Stellhorn says.
Using the zodiac “you’ve always followed” (minus Ophiuchus), here’s a look at how your sign drives your behind-the-wheel personality.
Aquarius (Jan. 21 to Feb. 19) — The sign of road rage. Don’t be surprised if an Aquarius cuts you off in traffic without realizing it, Perrin says, then fumes about you cutting him off — so the Aquarius retaliates and cuts you off again.
Pisces (Feb. 20 to March 20) — Not one to take risks, a Pisces is a passive driver. And a Pisces isn’t in a hurry, either. “They’ll cruise along at — or a few miles under — the speed limit and are surprised to find out that they were driving and just seem to arrive at their destination not knowing how they got there,” Stellhorn says.
Aries (March 21 to April 20) — Impatient, adventurous and prone to speeding. That’s what Perrin says to expect from an Aries driver. “They’ll probably tailgate because they get angry with other drivers, especially if they’re going too slow for Aries’ taste,” Perrin says.
Taurus (April 21 to May 21) — A Taurus typically drives along enjoying the music, feeling the comfort of the car — and isn’t aware of what speed he’s going. That lack of awareness could cause a Taurus to run a stop sign. But if a Taurus is in a hurry, watch out. “There is no one less patient and likely to weave in and out or traffic,” Stellhorn says.
Gemini (May 22 to June 21) — Behind the wheel, a Gemini is texting, checking his GPS and crooning along to tunes on the radio. “They are changing lanes, looking at the scenery and fixing their hair in the mirror, all while ever so slightly pushing the boundaries of speed limits, going just a few miles per hour over the posted limit,” Stellhorn says.
Cancer (June 22 to July 22) — Cancer is distracted, or is protective of his car and passengers. If a Cancer is cut off by another driver, he’ll remember it, Stellhorn says. “Heaven help the offender if they have a personalized license plate, because Cancers will find them at soccer practice,” she says.
Leo (July 23 to Aug. 22) — A Leo fancies flashy, fast cars. “It’s no stretch to assume Leos have a lead foot,” Perrin says. They’re also incensed when cut off and tend to stay angry awhile. “They’ll keep the person who darted in front of them in their sights and curse under their breath. But ultimately, unlike Cancers, they won’t go out of their way to get even,” Stellhorn says.
|A Sagittarian driver is “very adventurous and enthusiastic,” astrologer Donna Stellhorn says.|
Virgo (Aug. 23 to Sept. 21) — Perrin says this is the safest driver on the zodiac chart. “They’re very safety conscious and is the one obeying the rules,” she says. A Virgo also is practical. “They’ll calculate the best gas mileage and shortest route to save a few cents,” Perrin says.
Libra (Sept. 22 to Oct. 22) — A Libra driver constantly chats on the phone (hopefully hands-free) or to his passengers. When driving alone, a Libra sings along to music on the radio. Don’t expect Libras to race around town, though. “They are happy to drive at the speed everyone else is driving because staying with the flow of traffic gives a sense balance that Libra loves,” Stellhorn says.
Scorpio (Oct. 23 to Nov. 21) — “They’re impatient with other drivers, so they might ride up a little too close to the other guy’s bumper,” Perrin says. A Scorpio also has excellent concentration, so he’s not easily distracted by kids fighting in the back seat and rarely rubbernecks when cruising past an accident.
Sagittarius (Nov. 22 to Dec. 21) — “A Sagittarian is very adventurous and enthusiastic,” Stellhorn says. That sometimes leads to going a bit too fast. The Sagittarian’s experience behind the wheel is more about the journey than the destination. “They like to meander along the road less traveled,” Perrin says. A Sagittarian also is more inclined to get lost on that winding journey.
Capricorn (Dec. 22 to Jan. 20) — To a Capricorn, there’s no such thing as being too cautious on the road. Even though the Capricorn finds commuting tedious, “they tend to follow the speed limit,” Perrin says.
Not only does your sign leave you prone toward road rage or distracted driving, astrologer Katherine Metcalf says it can dictate the type of car you drive, too.
Here’s a guide to who Metcalf says is most likely to …
• Drive a practical family car: Taurus and Cancer.
• Drive a luxury car: Capricorn.
• Drive a small, fuel-efficient car: Gemini, Libra and Aquarius.
• Drive a red sports car: Aries, Leo and Sagittarius.
• Drive a “clunker” until the wheels fall off: Virgo.
• Drive a boat-size gas guzzler: Scorpio and Pisces.