Young people have been on the receiving end of being stereotyped for generations and depending on where you are around the world, it seems young people always draw the short stick.
Stereotyping comes in different forms, from what you wear, your music taste, age, and hobbies just to name a few! Stereotyping can be damaging and for young people, it means being treated a certain way as a collective rather than as individuals.
For example, as young drivers, the look of your car can contribute to how other road users see you, whether you have a “boy-racer” looking car or a car that seems a little “pricey” for someone your age, you could be profiled within minutes and assumptions will be made – the unofficial rules of the road such as “boy-racer” is a stereotype in its self by assuming a certain type of car makes you the ‘reckless racer type’
So how can you deal with Stereotyping?
I think it’s important to be aware of various kinds of stereotypes – knowing what others may assume about you may help you to react better.
You can take this fun quiz made by Marmalade, an award-winning low-cost insurance for learners and new drivers, and a great young drivers’ car scheme company, to see what your lifestyle would stereotypically mean for you on the road.
This post is sponsored – all opinion are my own.