Confirmed: BMW Drivers Are Total Pricks

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Entitled prick!
The BMW comes with just about everything one needs for a comfortable, luxurious ride around town. Except of course, well-mannered drivers.

The hypothesis -- largely based on callous sideswipes and general lack of pedestrian-friendly behavior -- that BMW drivers are total jerks has now been backed up with pure science. Two studies -- one in the U.S. and one in the U.K. -- give statistical evidence that those turbocharged drivers behind their BMWs are generally void of good will on the road.

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The study was conducted in California where motorists are required to stop at crosswalks and let pedestrians safely cross the road (note to self). During the study, Piff and his team of researchers had a pedestrian appear on the edge of the curb of crosswalks as a car approached. When the pedestrian stepped into the road, a researcher recorded the driver's reaction to the pedestrian. Researchers did this with 152 drivers -- and the results were not so surprising.

They then went to observe intersections with four-way stops for one week, watching drivers cut off others when it wasn't their turn to go. They watched 274 cars, jotting down the sex and approximate age of the driver, as well as the age and apparent value of the cars.

So what did they find after all this examining? Drivers in the most expensive cars were more likely to jump their turn at the four-way rotation.

Piff told the NYT that about eight of every 10 cars "did the right thing."

"But you see this huge boost in a driver's likelihood to commit infractions in more expensive cars," he said. "In our crosswalk study, none of the cars in the beater-car category drove through the crosswalk. They always stopped for pedestrians."

"One of the most significant trends was that fancy cars were less likely to stop," Piff, said. "BMW drivers were the worst."

Prius drivers in the Bay Area were no better. "In our higher-status vehicle category, Prius drivers had a higher tendency to commit infractions than most," Piff said.

The traffic study was published in The Proceedings of the National Academy of Sciences in 2012.

A second study, conducted in the U.K., revealed much of the same: Motorists were asked to identify the make and color of the car that victimized them the most on the roads, and BMW came out on top, according to the Daily Mail.

Perhaps it's time to humble yourself and get that minivan.

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28 comments
Jessica Savich
Jessica Savich

That theory goes back years - nothing new... maybe even way back to the 80's. Funny and true.

spinnerchick
spinnerchick

I remember when they used to say that Volvo drivers were terrible. I think Prius took over that slot.

reneecollins07
reneecollins07

Also I am thinking that Audi drivers will be replacing BMW.


reneecollins07
reneecollins07

I have no idea why they buy BMW, and very few of them know how to drive them.


Jeanie Weiland
Jeanie Weiland

I've said this for years, driving behind an assclown? Then check the make. Every. time.

Cleo Tobbi
Cleo Tobbi

Actually, cyclists/motorcyclists are the biggest pricks on the road. They want all the road luxuries of a car but none of the responsibility.

Ben Aldern
Ben Aldern

I'm just glad they called out prius drivers too.

Minky Mink
Minky Mink

I think Prius drivers are the worst. They are always going too slow to kick into electric. It's like driving is a game for them.

hellominky
hellominky

You'll have to pry that BMW steering wheel from my cold dead hands before I'd ever drive a minivan.

塞繆塞繆
塞繆塞繆

Bus drivers r the worst! They cut in front of you take 2 lanes sometimes!

hilarydavis01
hilarydavis01

Reminds me of the joke:  What's the difference between a porcupine and a Porche.  A porcupine has pricks on the outside.  :)


Jody KW
Jody KW

Hurray for Bobby Bimmer!

Nick Russo
Nick Russo

to all saying prius, the article even states they're one of the worst.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

And by the way, I suspect most (not all) of the bad BMW behavior isn't original buyers of new cars, but motorheads and thugs who buy them secondhand.

Erica Torres
Erica Torres

Prius for sure! BMW drivers maybe here and there.

Robert la Bohème
Robert la Bohème

Au contraire. I drive a BMW and am safe and courteous. The worst are Cadillac Escalades.

hellominky
hellominky

@Jesse Osorio I'm with you, Jesse!

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