Dr. Helen

BMW Owners Really Are Jerks, Study Finds

I was reading radio show host Tom Leykis’s site and came across this post, “BMW drivers really are jerks, studies find,” and took a look:

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.

As the owner of a blue BMW, I resent this statement. My experience is that many different types of people in cars can be aggressive drivers, from women in SUVs to guys in pick-up trucks.

What is your experience?

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