Long ring fingers drive faster – a rather remarkable story behind Usain Bolt’s car accident!

September 24, 2009

Usain Bolt has the long ring finger!

Usain Bolt has the long ring finger!

Long ring fingers drive faster (and sprint faster!)

New research from Germany points out that men with long ring fingers may more easily drive too fast, overtake on dangerous roads, and park illegally – indicated by more (self-reported) traffic violations!

Earlier research pointed out that Jamaicans are known for having long ring fingers: a rather remarkable – speculative – story about how “the world’s fastest man” got into a car accident earlier this year (luckely Usain Bolt escaped without serious injuries).

Earlier ring finger research:

Numerous finger length studies have shown that a long ring finger compared to the index finger in men, can have a powerful effect on health & behaviour.

Quite a few studies suggest that a long ring finger is linked with: increased male aggression, outperformance in sports & (financial) risk-taking behavior.

How to measure the 2D:4D finger length ratio:
How to measure the 2D:4D finger length ratio!

New ring finger research from Germany:

Researchers at the University of Mainz recruited 77 male drivers at an average age of 38. Each volunteer had their left hand scanned to measure the difference in length between the ring and index fingers.

They then had to provide details of all driving offences within the previous five years. Just over a third of the drivers reported having penalty points on their licences, ranging from one to 20, for offences ranging from speeding to drink driving.

The results, published in the journal Accident Analysis and Prevention, showed men with longer ring fingers were more likely to have offended.

In a report on their findings the researchers said: ‘A longer ring finger than index finger was related to more traffic violations. Hormone exposure in the womb might increase traffic violations in later life.’

Jamaicans have the long ring finger, and… Usain Bolt has the long ring finger!!

Now, knowing that Usain Bolt has the long ring finger & with the German research findings in mind:

… You might wanna take a look at the full story of Usain Bolt’s car accident earlier this year (april, 2009):

A FEW SUGGESTIONS FOR FURTHER READING:

About: long ring fingers, testosterone & men who drive too fast!
Finger length & agression: a continuing story!
What they say about men with long ring fingers!
More stories about the ring finger!

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