born 'accident prone' is a myth
EXPERTS have unearthed 5 personality types more likely to be
involved in the 10,000 UK car accidents that happen every day. And,
according to the academic study commissioned by Direct Line, none of
them involve simply being unlucky. In fact, motorists hiding
behind the 'I'm just unlucky' excuse can now take the Direct Line
test online at
to find out if their personality steers them into accidents.
Cultured Britons belong to the 'impulsive' group of drivers
whose imaginative and broad-minded approach to life means they're
more likely to
make up the rules as they go along. And that's not good news for
avoiding accidents. Meanwhile, the 'Accident-Prone Myth'
report also reveals that, although worrywarts are naturally more
safety-minded, they're more likely to cause calamity on the roads. 'Neurotic'
motorists are so wrapped up in their own worries they're more easily
distracted than other drivers. And they're also most likely to react
badly to stress, which affects their reaction times and judgement.
Fun loving, chatty people are also pushing up UK accident levels.
Direct Line experts found that the 'sensation- seeking' group
was less careful, had a lower attention span and were more
thrill-seeking than other drivers. Outgoing types should also know
that their accident potential increases during stretches of more
boring motorway driving. 'Me, me, me' types are
also veering into more problems on the road. This 'irresponsible'
group is more likely to ignore the consequences of their actions,
flout road rules and think only of the here and now.
Finally, the report conducted by think tank, the Centre for Future
Studies, concluded that the Eastender Phil Mitchell types of the
world are also, as suspected, more responsible for accidents. 'Not
agreeable' types are more hostile, aggressive and emotional
behind the wheel, leading to a higher risk of collision. The
report was compiled from an academic literature review of 108
studies of driving behaviour and the causes of accidents.
Commenting on Its findings, Emma Holyer, Direct Line said:-
"As the UK's leading car insurer, we're constantly looking into the
issue of road safety and the cause of accidents. The Centre for
Future Studies conducted the study to try and understand once and
for all whether some people are just unlucky - or whether accidents
can be more preventable. Hopefully, by uncovering these 5
personality types who are more prone to accidents, we can help
motorists better understand their behaviour in terms of road safety
and try not to let their personality traits rule their driving
Given the strength of our 'Accident-Prone Myth' findings,
perhaps it might also be appropriate to include psychological
testing as part of the driving test."
Dr Glenn Wilson, reader in personality, Institute of Psychiatry,
added:- "Over the years many psychologists have sought to
"accident-prone" personality that would explain why a small
number of people account for the majority of accidents. They now
realise that no single trait in itself predicts the likelihood of
accidents. However, a constellation of several different traits does
add up to an accident-prone person. These include irresponsibility,
aggression, impulsiveness, sensation-seeking and neuroticism -
traits which are tapped by standard personality questionnaires."
Quiet revolution at
Sefton Park library
QUEUING up to have books stamped is a thing of the past at a
Liverpool library - thanks to new state-of-the-art technology.
Sefton Park Library on Aigburth Road, which was built in 1911, has
been totally redecorated and now boasts a self-issue machine to
improve convenience for customers. It is the third community library
in the city to benefit from the technology, alongside Allerton and
A new children's library has been installed for younger readers to
enjoy. There is also an improved 'surfzone' with almost 50% more
computers, all with free internet and email facilities. The
library, which has more than 20,000 items on its shelves, issues
more than 100,000 books per year.
Council leader Warren Bradley said:- "Liverpool's libraries
are centres of learning right at the heart of the community and are
used by many thousands of people. We are determined that they
become more welcoming places where both young and old can learn."
A total of 8 of Liverpool's community libraries have been
refurbished in the last four years. Liverpool's libraries have
Beacon status by the government for high standards and the city
council's Library Plan has received top marks from the Department
for Culture, Media and Sport.
to Attract Voters
A SERIES of roadshows are going to take place in Liverpool to
encourage more people to register to vote.
They are aimed in particular at people from black and minority
ethnic groups aged between 18 to 25 as research has shown that there is
a low level of registration in these groups.
The first roadshow will be held at the Methodist Centre,
Beaconsfield Street on Thursday 13 July 2006 between 7pm and 10pm when
staff from the city council's electoral services will be
distributing material explaining how to register and the benefits
from doing so. Leaflets printed in a variety of languages have
been produced and will be widely distributed.
David Kidger, interim elections manager, said:- "It is very
important that all sections of the community take their chance to
have a say. Not registering for voting means that you cannot take
part in the democratic process. But as well as not being able
to vote, if you are not registered you may have trouble gaining
credit, problems with hire purchase agreements, acquiring a loan or
mortgage or even buying a mobile phone, quite simply it pays to be
on the electoral register."
Liverpool was 1 of 6 authorities who made successful bids to the
Department for Constitutional Affairs for funding for work in
raising voter awareness.