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Feb 27, 2020 - 4:05:36 PM
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Owen

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Cut-and-paste from the article: "A new study has found that drivers of flashy vehicles are less likely to stop and allow pedestrians to cross the road -- with the likelihood they'll slow down decreasing by three per cent for every extra US$1,000 that their vehicle is worth."

https://www.ctvnews.ca/lifestyle/if-you-drive-an-expensive-car-you-re-probably-a-jerk-scientists-say-1.4829875?cache=yesclipId104062%3FautoPlay%3Dtrue

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:11:50 PM
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I have only found a clear and very high correlation between the height of a pickup truck and the aggressiveness of the driver. Perhaps that comes from quite literally looking down on others. Maybe I should be a researcher?

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:23:53 PM

bubbalouie

Canada

13444 posts since 9/27/2007

BMW's & Dodge monster trucks. nuff said.

I had a new Camaro pass me at well over 100 mph in a 50 today if that's any indication!

Edited by - bubbalouie on 02/27/2020 16:34:16

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:40:46 PM
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nakigreengrass

New Zealand

4694 posts since 5/16/2012

I have found a very strong correlation between what car you drive to the behavior of other motorists. I have had access to the use of several different vehicles to drive and it is remarkable how people behave differently towards me depending on which of those vehicles I'm driving.

Feb 27, 2020 - 4:54:15 PM
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chuckv97

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I drove/drive a tractor trailer for a living, but get no kicks out of being a road bully like some truckers. Some people compensate for a lack of whatever in other areas of their lives (or anatomy).

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:03:41 PM

Owen

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quote:
Originally posted by nakigreengrass

I have found a very strong correlation between what car you drive to the behavior of other motorists. I have had access to the use of several different vehicles to drive and it is remarkable how people behave differently towards me depending on which of those vehicles I'm driving.


Positive or negative correlation?    Did you notice that the correlation also applied to people who only knew what vehicle you drove, or just other drivers?

Feb 27, 2020 - 5:11:20 PM
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RonR

USA

1611 posts since 11/29/2012

Gosh, no wonder Im so polite behind the wheel.....my truck only cost $400.00.

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:00:23 PM

nakigreengrass

New Zealand

4694 posts since 5/16/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Owen
quote:
Originally posted by nakigreengrass

I have found a very strong correlation between what car you drive to the behavior of other motorists. I have had access to the use of several different vehicles to drive and it is remarkable how people behave differently towards me depending on which of those vehicles I'm driving.


Positive or negative correlation?    Did you notice that the correlation also applied to people who only knew what vehicle you drove, or just other drivers?


Whether we admit it or not, people judge each other based on their idea of stereotypes.  There is very little difference between judging a person based on their outward personal appearance... or their belongings.    Cars are a good example, because unlike most personal belongings, the car and person are seen together out and about.    People behave accordingly to each other,  by deciding their relative status to that person, so therefore interactive behavior differences are noticeable when a person ( like myself ) drives a few different status vehicles.  That vehicle status is not just necessarily expensive or cheap, but can be...fast...slow...big...small...old...new...cool...uncool...clean....rusty...etc.   regardless...people will still judge that vehicles status against their own vehicles status, when making decisions on interacting with that vehicle and the person driving it.

Edited by - nakigreengrass on 02/27/2020 18:02:20

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:21 PM

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I like a small car driven aggressively.Blow away a pickup truck in the "twisties" with a 130hp Hyundai.

Feb 27, 2020 - 6:49:58 PM

Owen

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Thanks, Paul. I realize people will judge the vehicle's status [and likely the owner/operator's as well] in relation to their own vehicle status.  IF the vehicle you are driving is better (?) than the "other" guy's, does the other guy generally show deference or does it go the other way and elicit derision?

Feb 27, 2020 - 7:36:11 PM
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Brian T

Canada

16295 posts since 6/5/2008

I had a hot car. 70mph in first gear was no real stretch. 140 in 4th was humming along. I don't think that it was an expensive car.

Now I sit up high in a 20-year-old GMC Suburban and watch the kids flash by.
I've never "floored" the Burb. Don't know what it can do but with the 454, I have some ideas.

Feb 27, 2020 - 9:03:48 PM
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nakigreengrass

New Zealand

4694 posts since 5/16/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Owen

Thanks, Paul. I realize people will judge the vehicle's status [and likely the owner/operator's as well] in relation to their own vehicle status.  IF the vehicle you are driving is better (?) than the "other" guy's, does the other guy generally show deference or does it go the other way and elicit derision?


Both deference, derision and about any other human behavior that you would associate with interaction between people.  eg....I had a dirty old 4x4 that I used for work and my wife has a tiny European car. ( btw. the little car is about twice as powerful as my 4x4 )   I commonly drive the wife's little car over the very same roads as my 4x4....and I have to be very careful of aggressive behavior of other people when driving that little car...but never have a problem when driving the 4x4.  The little car also seems to attract road rage that I have never encounted in the 4x4.      At one time I had a nice Jag that no one wanted to pass on the open road, but with the little car you are likely to get run off the road by passing cars  ( even though I drive faster in the little car )   Zippering into traffic on freeways is always interesting in the little car....no problem in the big one.  Taking off at multiple lane red lights is always fun...and every passing lane on the open road is an adventure...everybody will pass the little car no matter what speed I'm going and then slow down to their previous slower speed once past...drives me crazy.    If i'm looking for "cap in the hand" courtesy from people I'd drive the Jag....if I feel like getting  abused by angry drivers, I'll drive my wife's little car and if I want every one to keep outa my way, I drive the 4x4.                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                                   

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:26:36 AM
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DC5

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All I know is that back in High School and College the guy with the nicer cars - usually muscle cars - got the most girls. My Impala Station wagon didn't make the cut.

Feb 28, 2020 - 6:56:38 AM
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RV6

USA

1306 posts since 2/3/2012

quote:
Originally posted by Brian T

I had a hot car. 70mph in first gear was no real stretch. 1


Sometimes I forget to shift, toolaugh

Feb 28, 2020 - 7:39:31 AM

Paul R

Canada

12463 posts since 1/28/2010

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Originally posted by bubbalouie

BMW's & Dodge monster trucks. nuff said.

I had a new Camaro pass me at well over 100 mph in a 50 today if that's any indication!


Um, how did you know it was "well over" a hundred? Were you going a hundred? wink

Edited by - Paul R on 02/28/2020 07:40:42

Feb 28, 2020 - 8:08:21 AM
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