The Finch Formerly Known As Gold

11 September 2006

Idle good hands are the devil's playground

In the current Entertainment Weekly (#895/896), Allstate Insurance has an ad (page 119) which asks "What's your road sign?"

"The fact is," they say, "a Virgo is more likely to get into an auto accident than any other astrological sign." These are the overall rankings, "from best to 'maybe you should walk':"

  1. Aries
  2. Cancer
  3. Taurus
  4. Gemini
  5. Sagittarius
  6. Capricorn
  7. Pisces
  8. Scorpio
  9. Libra
  10. Aquarius
  11. Leo
  12. Virgo

I'd hate to be the actuarial type who has to corroborate this stuff.

And while looking for some sort of corroboration, I found this, dated 28 June 2005:

Shy and retiring sensitive Cancerians are renowned for being tough cookies behind their delicate exteriors and being at the wheel obviously brings them out of their shell — a third of people born under this sign have made an insurance claim.

Fast and furious Leos reported the highest number of accidental damage claims — in fact Leos and Cancers are more than twice as likely to submit claims as drivers born under the astrological signs of Gemini, Sagittarius or Pisces.

Despite being safe drivers, notoriously inconsistent Geminis are careless with security and make the most number of claims for theft. Aries, famous for putting themselves first, have turned this to everyone's advantage — with their excellent history of no claims they are helping to keep overall premiums low.

Frisky and critical Virgos are obviously too busy thinking, with a quarter admitting to being distracted while driving.

Contrariwise, this article, from 27 June 2005, claims that Geminis are the worst drivers, with Capricorns the best.

I am, of course, skeptical of all this stuff, but you should expect no less from a Sagittarius.

Posted at 8:16 AM to Driver's Seat

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Contrariwise, this article, from 27 June 2005, claims that Geminis are the worst drivers, with Capricorns the best.

Well, the astrologers would classify me as a Capricorn, and the last time I was involved in an accident was something on the order of 11 years ago -- and my car didn't even suffer damage, it was the other car swerving to avoid my spinout that hit the telephone pole. I've had a couple of other close calls since then, but nobody hit anything either time, unless you count me hitting the brakes. My last speeding ticket was slightly less long ago than my last accident.

If you'll excuse me, I'll be knocking on wood for the rest of the week.

Posted by: McGehee at 9:09 AM on 11 September 2006

Apropos of nothing really, but your title aptly describes why my recent "hiatus" lasted less than 48 hours.

Posted by: Jennifer at 9:27 AM on 11 September 2006

hahah! They nailed me! I should definitely walk-- truth is, I prefer it.

Posted by: Donna at 1:52 PM on 11 September 2006

What, no stats according to political leanings?

Posted by: Mister Snitch! at 5:49 PM on 11 September 2006

Virgo here, and afraid to leave the house. I haven't had any claims since my mother crashed my car back in the 80's. I'm probably way overdue now.

Posted by: Jeffro at 9:47 PM on 11 September 2006