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Were you a naughty or nice motorist this year?

Take this simple self-assessment test to find out

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You don’t need to believe in Santa Clause to have a reason for assessing your behavior in the past 12 months—specifically, whether you were naughty or nice behind the wheel of your beloved car. Because even if you don’t—of course you don’t (hopefully)—the end of the year is always a good time for self-evaluation in the hope of preparing oneself for the coming year. Indeed, what’s the point of living if we’re not striving to become better individuals as citizens, as professionals, as parents, as friends and, yes, as motorists?

So here’s a little fun test we’ve prepared to help you appraise your overall driving performance in 2017. Just answer each question with a yes or a no, and then tally your total score with the corresponding points that come with the answers.

Now, get a pen and a piece of paper, and go through 17 introspective items (in honor of the outgoing year, obviously). Needless to say: No cheating, please. At the end of the quiz, you will find your rating as a motorist. Feel free to share it with us.

Have fun looking back at your year on the road.

1. Did you beat the red light?

  • Yes (-2)
  • No (+2)

2. Did you drive without a license?

  • Yes (-3)
  • No (+3)

3. Did you get a ticket for a traffic violation?

  • Yes (-3)
  • No (+3)

4. Did you bribe a traffic officer?

  • Yes (-5)
  • No (+5)

5. Did you disregard a traffic sign because no one was looking anyway? (Or did you defy the number-coding scheme?)

  • Yes (-4)
  • No (+4)

6. Did you text (or use mobile devices) while driving?

  • Yes (-3)
  • No (+3)

7. Did you cause an accident?

  • Yes (-7)
  • No (+7)

8. Did you drive while drunk or tipsy?

  • Yes (-7)
  • No (+7)

9. Did you register your car on time?

  • Yes (+1)
  • No (-1)

10. Did you buckle up?

  • Yes (+3)
  • No (-3)

11. Did you park in a PWD slot even when you’re able-bodied? (People with disabilities automatically get 5 points.)

  • Yes (-5)
  • No (+5)

12. Did you block pedestrian crosswalks or bicycle lanes?

  • Yes (-3)
  • No (+3)

13. Did you wash or clean your car regularly?

  • Yes (+1)
  • No (-1)

14. Did you throw litter out the window?

  • Yes (-3)
  • No (+3)

15. Were you mindful of your vehicle’s maintenance?

  • Yes (+3)
  • No (-3)

16. Did you jump long queues to get ahead of others?

  • Yes (-2)
  • No (+2)

17. Did you have an episode of road rage? (Or did you honk a lot?)

  • Yes (-5)
  • No (+5)

SCORES:

  • +60: Wow. You should put up a driving school.
  • +51 to +59: You were a nice motorist. Now perfection is the goal.
  • +41 to +50: You were okay, but you can definitely still improve.
  • +26 to +40: You were naturally nice, but you had habitual lapses you need to work on.
  • +11 to +25: You had a number of failings this year; take note of those and fix them.
  • +1 to +10: You’re about to cross over to the dark side. Stay strong.
  • 0: What sorcery is this? You need to make up your mind if you’re a naughty or nice motorist.
  • -1 to -10: You need to learn how to drive again.
  • -11 to -25: You were a naughty motorist. Shame on you.
  • -26 to -40: Don’t let small children see you drive. It will scar them for life.
  • -41 to -50: You were a road hazard. Think about that for a second.
  • -51 to -59: You were the reason driving in the Philippines sucked.
  • -60: Please do not operate a motor vehicle ever again.

So, what’s your score?



Vernon B. Sarne

Vernon is the founder and editor-in-chief of VISOR. He has been an automotive journalist for 23 years. He became one by serendipity, walking into the office of a small publishing company and applying for a position he had no idea was for a local car magazine. The rest, as they say, is rock and roll.



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