The Rich Drive Differently, a Study Suggests
Jokes about BMW drivers being, on average, somewhat less than courteous are fairly common. They often run along the lines of, “Despite its good brakes, a BMW will usually stop with a jerk.” Sometimes the language is more colorful.I'm partial to "What's the difference between a BMW and a porcupine? With the porcupine, the pricks are on the outside" (thank you, thank you, I'll be here all the week), but this story is hardly news; anyone that's ever driven anywhere has seen some version of this. The shiny Lexus that expects you to stop to let them into traffic; the Mercedes that's 18mm off your rear bumper because their time is far more valuable than yours; the Cadillac weaving in and out of traffic, seemingly oblivious to anyone else on the road.
Now scientific research supports the unwritten and broadly circulated theory that people in BMWs are lacking in road manners. Paul K. Piff, a researcher at the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California, Berkeley, has conducted a study linking bad driving habits with wealth.
I'm sure the real cause is far more banal; the folks that buy the high-end cars tend to be in high-pressure jobs and are more likely far more distracted than the average driver. I doubt it's anything as nefarious as the article would like us to infer; although it does tend to pose a bit of chicken-and-egg head-scratcher:
Are these people driving like idiots because they have fancy cars, or do they have fancy cars because they're self-absorbed imbeciles?
That is all.