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Survey Reveals Popular Driving Superstitions

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After surveying over 1,000 drivers, NetQuote discovered superstitious habits dictate the driving behavior of both male and female drivers. Whether it’s a specific action or lucky charm, driving superstitions are surprisingly common and range in detail.

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“Among genders, however, specific superstitions differed: Men were more likely to possess a lucky charm of some kind, while women seemed to prefer religious symbols. The top two habits for men and women alike, though, were holding one’s breath while driving through a tunnel and lifting one’s feet when passing over a bridge or railroad,” according to NetQuote.

According to the survey results, 26.7% of the female drivers interviewed said they have a religious symbol in their car, while only 20.5% of the male drivers do; Slightly more men than women will hold their breath when driving past a cemetery — 26.4% to 24.2%.

Although men rely on the protection of a lucky charm more than women drivers do — 29.0% to 23.2%, NetQuote discovered that often the chosen lucky charm was not powerful enough to ward off negativity.

“Regardless of talisman, however, lucky charms seemed to bring little good fortune in dealings with the law. In fact, those who employed some charm were ticketed with much greater frequency. Drivers with money or coins were the most ticket-prone cohorts, followed by those with other miscellaneous lucky items. While people with religious icons and rabbits’ feet fared slightly better, they too received citations with greater frequency than those who went charm-free,” reports NetQuote.

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Seeking a higher power was more common for women — 18.6% said they pray past a yellow light while 15.3% of the men reported this action. A superstition closely held by both men and women, 5.9% and 6.0%, respectively, was “throwing change under a new car’s seat.”

News Source: NetQuote