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Do you think you could guess someone’s nationality by the way they behave behind the wheel? Maybe you could. Each culture has a very different approach to driving and while for some it may be something that causes a lot of stress and worry, for others it is a time of reflection or just chilling.
To prove this, we talked to 6 proud Toyota owners from 6 different Latin American countries and this is what they told us about themselves behind the wheel:
Nooo c@#r&n! For Mexicans, cursing is a moment of catharsis, of stress release. We curse to drop bad energy so we do it when they are happy, sad or angry. This might explain why probably our first word was c@#r&n instead of mamá. Also, we are the only ones who think banda is a great soundtrack to deal with traffic jams.
For an Argentinian there is only one good driver on the streets and that’s him. For us, all other drivers in the world have no idea how to drive and they would not survive a day in the Argentinian traffic. We are also famous for only listening to Soda Stereo when we drive and sometimes for trying to serve and drink mate while behind the wheel.
Studies have proven that in Colombia women are better drivers than men. No joke. This is probably true for all nationalities, but in Colombia it seemed to have been so true that they had to make a study to prove it. So if your dad is Colombian like mine, better to ask mom to step up for the driving lessons.
How do you know if there is a Chapin on the road? Look for the one honking! We love to honk, even if there is no reason to do so. It’s like our very own communication system. We honk when we are happy and when we are sad and even when we are very very mad.
You know you’re Cuban when you play the steering wheel like timbales, you like to ride with the windows rolled down no matter how hot it is outside and for always keeping a toothpick supply tucked in your sun visor.
6. Puerto Rican
That car bouncing on the road is not a low-rider but instead a Puerto Rican with a bass that takes up all his trunk and he is of course listening to reggaeton.
So whether you like jamming hard or yelling at strangers, next time you are driving your Toyota take a second to reflect of how much of your culture defines the person you are behind the wheel.