10 Compulsive things every driver understands

Sam Bisby

By: Sam Bisby

Drivers that drive their cars everyday feel compulsions to do certain things from putting their radio on a certain volume level to obsessively cleaning the car every Sunday, no matter what the weather. These are the ten compulsive things every driver does. 

Volume control

Compulsive drivers feel the need to have the car radio’s volume control on a specific number, usually either an even number such as a multiple of 2 or odd such as a multiple of 5. Some drivers turn up the car’s radio for louder volume, but then turn it down again to put it on an even number or odd number.

Road positions

Some drivers feel the compulsion to drive in a certain position in the road, this is usually either in the middle or just the left. This impulse can be difficult when the drivers need to overtake or need to merge in to different lanes. In the case of the motorway, lane hogging could land those hogging with a fine.

Filling up with petrol or diesel 

It is the hardest compulsive decision any driver will make. Drivers feel the need to get to the nearest pound or gallon when fuelling the car, but which one should you go for? I love to get the pounds sale as close as possible to the nearest pound. Drivers who manage to achieve the nearest pound or gallon sale feel immense satisfaction afterwards, after all achieving either is very difficult.

Car parking

Mostdrivers sometimes feel the need to park their cars exactly in the parking spot, perfectly between the lines. Sometimes a driver will reverse the car out to make sure it is in the middle. However, some valets feel the need to colour coordinate their car parks as above.

Clean car

Many drivers are obsessed with washing the car, usually on a Sunday morning. Drivers get enormous satisfaction from having a clean car. The driver pictured above even washed their car in the rain.

Petrol prices

Petrol prices are a constant worry for drivers. Some drivers keep an eye on petrol prices to see which petrol station is the cheapest and go out of their way to fill up at the cheapest ones. Others feel short-changed if the petrol prices are lowered the day after they filled up.

A top tip is to fill up on a cold morning when you get more fuel for your money rather than a hot afternoon. Also try to avoid filling up on a Friday as most petrol stations may increase their price as people fill up ready for the weekend.

Organisation

The majority of drivers have a specific place in their car for each item, such as the map being kept in the front seat pocket. This car equipment is organised in a particular way and if the items are moved out of these spots, the driver may feel the need to move them back again soon afterwards.

Car odometers

Drivers keep an eye on the odometer in their cars. When a car is getting to the nearest big number, drivers sometimes watch it to see it clock over. Many drivers see the odometer as an award of achievement for how many miles they have managed to drive. Irrationally, some drivers fear their car’s odometer reaching 100,000 miles. Granted the 100,000 mile mark may result in more breakdowns and can mean a depreciation in the car value.

Buffing scratches

Any person or thing that scratches a car will feel the wrath of the driver. Drivers constantly attempt to hide or rid their car scratches by buffing the scratches away. This can drive some drivers mad if the scratches do not disappear.

Petrol gauge

Some drivers feel the compulsion to wait until their car is nearly empty before filling the car’s tank back up. Others have to fill up when their car gets below the half tank line. Some drivers have to visit the same petrol stations. Some drivers feel the compulsion to wait until their car is nearly empty before filling the car’s tank back up. Others have to fill up when their car gets below the half tank line. Some drivers have to visit the same petrol stations.