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Crashing a lot? Blame your astrological sign

'What's your sign?' is more than just a cheesy pickup line -- it might be an insight into your driving record.

By Money Staff Jan 28, 2011 6:23PM

This guest post comes from Barbara Marquand at on MSN MoneyIn the wake of recent news that the zodiac calendar requires updating, Allstate Insurance has taken a look at who's most likely to get in an accident based on their signs.


Virgos, watch out! People born under the sign were almost seven times more likely to be in a car accident last year when compared with Scorpios, according to Allstate claims data.


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"Perhaps Virgo's shy perfectionistic nature leads to overly cautious and timid driving habits," the company says in a news release.


Scorpios, on the other hand, known for determination and awareness, were involved in only 1.5% of all accidents in 2010.


The "new" sign, Ophiuchus, also fared well in the study. Drivers born Nov. 29 to Dec. 17 were the second-safest drivers on the road.


Allstate says that generally the signs with the fewest number of reported accidents were those associated with such traits as compassion, graciousness and resourcefulness, while the zodiac signs of those with more accidents are described as uncompromising, arrogant and impatient.


But a casual look at the new zodiac calendar shows accident rates probably have more to do with the number of people born under a particular sign than supposed temperament. Under the new zodiac calendar, Scorpio includes anyone born Nov. 23 to 29, a span of only seven days, while Virgo includes anyone born Sept. 16 to Oct. 30 -- a span of six weeks. People born during a roughly 2 1/2-week period -- Nov. 29 to Dec. 17 -- are considered Ophiuchus.


The Internet has been buzzing with zodiac news since a Minnesota astronomy instructor said in a media interview that the zodiac calendar was off. In a Jan. 9 story in the Minneapolis Star Tribune, Parke Kunkle told the world the earth is no longer aligned to the stars the same way it was when ancient stargazers created the zodiac calendar. Not only that, he said, the old zodiac calendar didn't include a 13th constellation -- Ophiuchus.


"While the jury is still out on the exact characteristics of an Ophiuchus, most astrologers seem to indicate individuals born under this sign will be a bit luckier than the rest," Allstate says in its news release.

But don't count on a car insurance discount if you're an Ophiuchus or Scorpio. Your birthday counts when it comes to car insurance rates, but only in terms of your age, not the alignment of the stars. Besides age, auto insurers also consider such factors as gender, driving record and vehicle make and model to set premiums.


Here are the new signs, their dates and the number of drivers involved in accidents, according to Allstate claims data:


SignBirthdayNumber of drivers crashing in 2010

Nov. 23-Nov. 28


Nov. 29-Dec. 17

CancerJuly 21-Aug. 9101,539
AquariusFeb. 16-March 11106,878
LibraOct. 31-Nov. 22110,592
AriesApril 17-May 13112,402
CapricornJan. 18-Feb. 15128,005
GeminiJune 20-July 20136,904
SagittariusDec. 18-Jan. 17154,477
PiscesMarch 12-April 16172,030
TaurusMay 14-June 19177,503
LeoAug. 10-Sept. 15179,657
VirgoSept. 16-Oct. 30211,650


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Feb 19, 2011 4:21PM
While there is clearly a correlation between the time of year one is born and the number of accidents, I hightly doubt that your sign has anything to do with it.  Statistics has shown that the time of year of your birth is correlated to grades in sc hool, with the older students in a class performing best, probably due to maturity.
Feb 19, 2011 1:41PM
ummm so who`s sign is Oct 31 till Scorpio?
Feb 19, 2011 10:02AM

This is completely Ridiculous. A zodiac sign has NOTHING to do with how a person will behave on a road. Some people are nervous, but good, drivers. Others are good, comfortable with the road. The third category fits those who barely passed their drivers test on the 3rd time. People who think they can handle anything the road gives them, but they cause the 1st two categories pain and suffering.


There's my two cents. This is just plain stupid.

Feb 19, 2011 4:25PM
PS...hopefully the insurance companies wont becdeterming premiums by zodiac sign, which probably motivated this study in the first place....what's next?  DNA testing?
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