If you drive an expensive car you're probably a jerk, scientists say

donquijote

G.O.A.T.
It’s worse than that. Some reach people may drive non-expensive cars, but that doesn’t guarantee them not to be jerks.
Poor people may not always be jerks, but if they are, they got no qualities that could make them bearable to others.
Poor people can certainly be jerks and some of them look nice and innocent when they are poor but once they become rich, they turn into a tiger. To measure how bad poor people are, you need to use a different measure as the price of their car wouldn't help.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
I don't know where you live but if you don't let people join the road or turn in Toronto, nobody would make it to their work as it's a big city. Majority of people are kind enough in the traffic here. We're proud of being a polite nation.
in a suburb 12 miles from NYC; these people are driving on lightly traveled roads and just suddenly stop. Stopping when it's not expected is not polite, its' just stupid and dangerous
 

speedysteve

Legend
I'm more concerned about some Volvo and Subaru drivers, have noticed when driving behind them that they often do moronic things that they think are polite and generous. For example, if someone in an oncoming lane is signaling to make a left turn, or someone coming out of a parking lot to the left is waiting to make a left and enter traffic, some will actually STOP to let the person go, such that someone behind them who isn't totally attentive might slam into them, oblivious to the notion that right-of-way customs exist so that other drivers can expect predictable behavior. I imagine they think they're being social-minded, befitting their choice of vehicle, while actually creating a dangerous situation.
"isn't totally attentive" let me stop you there..
You should always be able to stop your vehicle safely when following another vehicle!
Run into a vehicle from behind, it's your fault..
 

MurraysMetalHip

Professional
it’s the Honda drivers you have to be careful of. Here in the UK they’re more likely to die of old age behind the wheel than drive fast and cause an accident. They’re also more likely to drive at least 20mph under the speed limit, and stop at every roundabout or junction when there isn’t a car for another mile.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
it’s the Honda drivers you have to be careful of. Here in the UK they’re more likely to die of old age behind the wheel than drive fast and cause an accident. They’re also more likely to drive at least 20mph under the speed limit, and stop at every roundabout or junction when there isn’t a car for another mile.
Here’s MMH as passenger with Honda driving Liz Lemon:

 

r2473

G.O.A.T.
customs exist so that other drivers can expect predictable behavior.
True, but what’s even more predictable is unpredictable behavior. Now you have to drive as if people will follow established customs. If you don’t, then you’re a jerk. But at the same time you have to be aware that not everyone will follow established customs, and be ready for it.

I for one find this unpredictability to be liberating, as I have freedom and am not tied to rules and customs.
 

speedysteve

Legend
I drive a white 1998 Toyota Corolla with only 94K miles.
But I call foot faults... you decide.
[emoji846]

The foot fault guidance for club level matches

25. A foot fault occurs when the server’s foot touches the line before they have hit the ball.
However, it is difficult to see and call this from the receiver position. If you believe your
opponent is foot faulting, tell them when you change ends and that if it continues you will
have to call it.

As an aside..
Jerk or not? "Answer my question, the question, Jerk" - J McEnroe[emoji846]
 

Bartelby

Bionic Poster
We are talking about road rules here, not rules governing the inexhaustible nature of human creativity ... which apparently includes repeating 'bacon' endlessly.

True, but what’s even more predictable is unpredictable behavior. Now you have to drive as if people will follow established customs. If you don’t, then you’re a jerk. But at the same time you have to be aware that not everyone will follow established customs, and be ready for it.

I for one find this unpredictability to be liberating, as I have freedom and am not tied to rules and customs.
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
You should always be able to stop your vehicle safely when following another vehicle!
thank you, officer, that truly is wise, but when people stop when one isn't supposed to stop, it's going to cause accidents, particularly now that something like 40 percent of drivers admit to texting while driving, and as cars now have touch screens that sometimes require several steps just to change a radio station, diverting one's attention from what's ahead.
 

speedysteve

Legend
thank you, officer, that truly is wise, but when people stop when one isn't supposed to stop, it's going to cause accidents, particularly now that something like 40 percent of drivers admit to texting while driving, and as cars now have touch screens that sometimes require several steps just to change a radio station, diverting one's attention from what's ahead.
It's advanced driving. You basically take care of their lack of skill / stupidity.
Yes, of course totally random things like a car jumping off a flyover onto you is impossible to predict but, read the road, read the cars around you and their 'body language', maintain safe distance even if the jerk behind you is up your tail etc etc.
You'd be amazed if you train to do this, how much you can avoid.
 

stringertom

Bionic Poster
It's advanced driving. You basically take care of their lack of skill / stupidity.
Yes, of course totally random things like a car jumping off a flyover onto you is impossible to predict but, read the road, read the cars around you and their 'body language', maintain safe distance even if the jerk behind you is up your tail etc etc.
You'd be amazed if you train to do this, how much you can avoid.
Also, avoid UPS trucks in Las Vegas...the driver may have just dropped off at the dudeAu’s store!
 

PrinceMoron

Legend
Your mother?
No, she got a licence with the car. Never took a test. Seriously, you bought a Bugatti and it came with a licence.

Never ever let her drive me.

One of her cars got written off in Bruxelles when she attempted a three point turn on a busy road


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socallefty

Hall of Fame
That begs a number of questions.

- If you drive an expensive car, does it change your mindset and make you behave more like a jerk towards pedestrians? Would the same person driving his 2nd car (let’s say a pickup truck) behave less like a jerk in the same driving situation?
- If you are rich, are you more likely to be a jerk if you buy an expensive car? Do the rich people who are not jerks buy cheap cars even if they can afford a better car?
- Are the middle-class people who buy expensive cars (that cost more than they can afford) more likely to be jerks than other middle-class people?
- If the thesis behind this study is that rich people are more likely to be jerks like some posters are suggesting, does it mean that being rich makes someone more prone to be a jerk or does it mean that if you are a jerk, you are more likely to become rich?

I wonder about the last question because it has been shown in other studies that many company CEOs show up in personality tests as psychopaths at a much higher % than the general population. Being self-absorbed and uncaring of the emotional needs of others seems to help some people win out in corporate politics. So, I wonder if jerks become rich at a higher rate than non-jerks?
 
A lot of the assumptions (or accusations) regarding people driving nice/expensive cars as being 'jerks' seems to be tied into the "look at me" superficial.

Some people simply like driving and gain even more pleasure from the performance an 'expensive' car affords (e.g. crusing on a highway or along that special, challenging road...safely of course).

 
A lot of the assumptions (or accusations) regarding people driving nice/expensive cars as being 'jerks' seems to be tied into the "look at me" superficial.

Some people simply like driving and gain even more pleasure from the performance an 'expensive' car affords (e.g. crusing on a highway or along that special, challenging road...safely of course).

Great cover of a even greater song.. yet its from the 70s.

A real highway star ,Former Formula One Champ Nico Rosberg is ahead of the curve. All green business ..
Hosting a clean tech festival is alpha.

 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Like a pablovian dog, you hit the gas peddle. Such a simplistic gratification form, perhaps why you enjoy it so.

I hit peddle, i go zoom :-D:-D:-D
It is about being in control of power. Not much different than the same in other venues. Think about hitting a heavy forehand with a full swing that lands on the line. You could just as easily take a full cut at the ball and sent it out, but that is not the point of doing it. It has little to do with just being fast, although the visceral response to the experience of driving a sports car is there. It is entirely different matter that one can do it with a lot less expensive car, but the truth is that most people find their time more valuable doing other things and just buying whatever is on offer as a whole package. Not everyone can be a geek.

:cool:
 

ollinger

G.O.A.T.
Used to play tennis with a lawyer who was involved for years in a strange car accident. A guy pulling a trailer with a boat on it was driving over an overpass when the trailer broke loose. Trailer rolled down the embankment, the boat slid off the trailer and collided with a car on the highway that went under the overpass. Case dragged on forever while the involved insurance companies argued to what degree this was a car accident or boat accident
 

dahcovixx

Professional
Think about hitting a heavy forehand with a full swing that lands on the line. You could just as easily take a full cut at the ball and sent it out, but that is not the point of doing it.
Tennis is skill, pushing a gas pedal in something you bought isnt.

I dont think these freak shows know they are on ignore :-D:-D:-D
 

Tennis_Hands

Bionic Poster
Tennis is skill, pushing a gas pedal in something you bought isnt.

I dont think these freak shows know they are on ignore :-D:-D:-D
Pushing a gas pedal of something you bought is akin to taking a swing at the ball with something you bought.

Controlling that is a skill in both cases.

I am sure there are plenty that do it for the show, but most serious drivers are doing it for themselves. By the looks of it neither side cares much about the other, so all is good.

:cool:
 

dahcovixx

Professional
Pushing a gas pedal of something you bought is akin to taking a swing at the ball with something you bought.

Controlling that is a skill in both cases.

I am sure there are plenty that do it for the show, but most serious drivers are doing it for themselves. By the looks of it neither side cares much about the other, so all is good.

:cool:
I view driving like swimming, its not really a sport, just something we do everyday. Im shocked to see you make the comparison to tennis o_Oo_Oo_O
 

movdqa

Talk Tennis Guru
Have always heard from insurance people that black cars are the most likely to be in accidents as they're harder to see in some lighting conditions, looked this up, found a study from an accident research center at Monash University that listed black and then gray cars as the most likely to be in accidents. Yellow did not have a high rate.
I avoid black and white. Black cars can't be seen at night and they absorb solar radiation. White cars are harder to see when there's a lot of snow on the ground (for colder climates). So anything in-between is fine with me.
 
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