Posted: 3:05 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 15, 2013
By Rick Couri
In research done on drivers and the kinds of cars they prefer two of the worst motoring habits were attached to some of the most expensive cars.
The study watched how those behind the wheel reacted when someone stepped into a crosswalk they were approaching and how they treated others at four way stops.
In both instances, it wasn’t good.
Observers gave the cars a number value depending on their age and condition. Older and ugly was worth a “1” with newer and fancy getting a “5.”
And the results?
"You see this huge boost in a driver’s likelihood to commit infractions in more expensive cars," noted lead researcher Paul Piff from Cal-Berkeley.
In all the instances the higher the number rating the more likely the driver was to ignore pedestrians and cut off other cars at the four way stop.
Piff told The New York Times “in our crosswalk study, none of the cars in the beater-car category drove through the crosswalk. They always stopped for pedestrians."
A separate poll was done in England asking drivers there to respond to questions about road rage.
They broke the queries down into the make, model, and color of the cars, and how often they experienced road rage.
The findings showed men from 35-50 driving blue BWM’s were the most likely to fly off the handle on the roads.
One other interesting note came when the study asked for the kind of cars got the most citations from police.
The winner (or loser) there was the Toyota Prius.