Are all BMW drivers assholes?
But a study published by Paul K. Piff, a researcher from the University of California, Berkeley, suggests that there is a link between expensive luxury cars and poor driving habits.
Piff and his team selected a specific crosswalk in California for the study, then had a pedestrian appear on the edge of a curb as a car approached. The study used a scale of 1 to 5, with one being older, low value beaters and five being expensive luxury cars such as BMW and Mercedes. In addition to driving habits, researchers also recorded the age and sex of the 152 drivers that drove through the crosswalk.
Although 8 of every 10 drivers obeyed the law and stopped for pedestrians, Piff stated that “one of the most significant trends was that fancy cars were less likely to stop.”
“In our crosswalk study, none of the cars in the beater-car category drove through the crosswalk.”
“They always stopped for pedestrians,” Piff added.
To boot, the study revealed that male drivers were less likely to stop for pedestrians than women. Additionally, both sexes were more likely to stop for a female pedestrian than a male one.
The research team also watched a four way stop intersection over the period of one week, observing a total of 274 cars. They noted that expensive luxury car drivers were more likely to cut in front of other drivers when it wasn’t their turn.
Of all the luxury brands witnessed, Piff stated that “BMW drivers were the worst.”
News Source: The Globe and Mail
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