Oh Really?

I came across this article a few days ago about a recent study that finds BMW drivers more likely to be jerks on the road.

Drivers of BMWs frequently come in for anecdotal criticism for habits on the road that are perceived as aggressive. Now, a couple of studies, one in the U.S. and another from the U.K., appear to provide statistical evidence that BMW drivers are, to be polite about it, complete jerks.

In the older study, by researchers at the University of California, BMW drivers were far less likely to stop for a pedestrian who had just entered a crosswalk, the New York Times notes. ”Fancy cars were less likely to stop,” researcher Paul K. Piff told the paper, adding, “BMW drivers were the the worst….”

The study found men between the ages of 35 and 50 driving blue BMWs were most likely to be reported as having engaged in road-rage behaviors such as aggressive driving and swearing.

That to me is a bit far fetched but an interesting study nonetheless. As a former BMW owner for 10 years, I’ve found just the opposite to be true. From my experiences on the road, I find that aggressive drivers drive all types of vehicles. From the teenager driving the low-rider Honda civic to the middle aged man driving a white van with ladders on top to the soccer mom driving an SUV. It’s not the vehicle, it’s the character of the person behind the wheel that makes for a bad experience on the road. Here are more details on this humorous study.



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