Chinese New Year - Do You Drive Like a Rat

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A study of 100,000 North American drivers found that a Chinese astrological sign is a far more significant factor than age in determining if someone will get into an accident on the road.

Wondering why you got into that fender-bender? Speeding tickets piling up? A study of 100,000 North American drivers says one's Chinese astrological sign may have something to do with it.

A study of 100,000 North American drivers found that a Chinese astrological sign is a far more significant factor than age in determining if one will get into an accident on the road.

The study, which used data originally collected in an online survey for the book, CAR CARMA: When bad things happen to good drivers, blame your astrological sign, ranked the driving ability of the Chinese astrological signs.

According to Chinese astrology, if those born in 1912, 1924, 1936, 1948, 1960, 1972, 1984, 1996 or 2008, are Rats. The study showed that Rat drivers, are ranked sixth out of the 12 Chinese astrological signs for driving ability.

Rat-like Characteristics Gnawing Away at Your Driving Record?

"The Rat has a tendency to flaunt its style at every turn," says Ashley Rhodes, Media Relations at Car Carma. "Behind that sweet smile, the Rat aggressively promotes its own agenda on the road." Rhodes says that these characteristics are heightened during the Year of The Rat.

The Rat's Influence on all Drivers

So, how will the Rat affect the maze of traffic in 2008? "The Year of the Rat marks a new cycle in the Chinese astrological calendar," says Rhodes. "Any move you make this year will have long-term consequences. On the road and in life, plan your journey very carefully."

The book CAR CARMA reports an overwhelming correlation between astrological signs and the likelihood of collecting speeding tickets and getting into accidents. Insurance companies weigh a number of variables when determining your insurance rate, such as where one lives and the type of vehicle one drives, but they may have overlooked the most significant factor of all -- astrological sign.

This latest study ranks Chinese astrological signs from best to worst. To celebrate Chinese New Year, Car Carma is releasing this analysis of the influence a sign has over driving for free.

Simply go to: http://www.CarCarma.com

Happy Chinese New Years...and drive safely.

For further information, or media interview contact:
Ashley Rhodes
Media Relations, Car Carma
(416) 699-4378
(416) 731-8130

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