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5 Things Your Car Says About Your Personality

Those LED headlights and that cherry red paint job aren’t just fun, they’re making a statement about who you are as a person.

1. Have A Cherry Red Sports Car?

You Love Taking Financial Risks

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While driving this type of car will get you some positive attention from others, it also shows you’re willing to risk getting negative attention as well, says Susan M. Henney, Ph.D, professor of psychology at the University of Houston-Downtown. Studies have shown that red cars and sports cars are the most likely to be pulled over by police and targeted by thieves, so by owning one you’re saying that the attention from others is worth the risk of losing your investment to tickets or theft.

2. Drive A Three-Row Minivan?

You Love A Crowd

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Henney says.”These cars show that you define yourself by your relationship to children and the more kids are in your car, the better you feel about yourself,” she explains. “It tells the world, ‘I’m the carpool mom. I’m valued and important.’”

3. Ultra-Bright LED Headlights?

You Put Yourself First

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The newest headlights use LED technology to get a brighter glow—several factors brighter than even the “brights” on regular halogen headlights. Using these lights you’re simply saying, “My comfort is more important than your safety” which shows a real lack of empathy and concern for others, Henney says.

4. Drive A Tricked-Out Pickup?

You May Lack Confidence

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Contrary to popular belief, confident and self-assured people don’t drive the biggest, flashiest cars; rather, the bigger and more attention-seeking your car is, the less confident you likely feel, says Henney. “They’re compensating for feeling a lack of power somewhere by making up for it in their car,” she explains.

5. Drive A SUV?

Safety Is A Top Concern

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SUVs literally dominate the roadway, taking up more space than most cars, and lifting the driver up higher than everyone else. Combine that with the fact that they’re often used to ferry children around and you have someone who’s very worried about being safe if they end up in an accident.