If your image of a rude driver on the road includes a European luxury car, it turns out you’re not alone. In a recent survey of 2,000 drivers in the UK, more than half said that they consider BMW M3 drivers “inconsiderate.”
The study, conducted by the Dave TV channel, asked participants to say whether they considered drivers of certain model cars more rude and inconsiderate than other models. With no other context, 56 percent slotted BMW M3 drivers on the rude list. Range Rover was next, with 48 percent of respondents naming them rude. Audi TT followed with 43 percent, with Mercedes-Benz C-class and the Ford transit van rounding out the top 5.
The survey also asked about perceptions of drivers depending on where they were from. Londoners were chosen as the most rude, with Welsh drivers being the friendliest.
The top 10 most rude car owners were:
10. Vauxhall Astra
9. Nissan Qashqai
8. Vauxhall Corsa
7. VW Golf
6. Porsche 911
5. Ford transit van
4. Mercedes-Benz C-class
3. Audi TT
2. Range Rover
1. BMW M3
But this survey wasn’t just about judging other people on arbitrary measures. The study also showed that Brits can have quite the obsession with their cars, spending an estimated £19,000 over a lifetime on simply modifying and pampering their cars (beyond normal maintenance and cleaning.)
People can get pretty close to their cars too, it seems, with 60 percent of people saying their car had its own unique personality and 53 percent of people giving their car a name. Just over 40 percent of respondents said they felt closer to and had more affection for their vehicles than they did their own spouses parents.
What’s clear is that cars are fairly emotional things for most people. Since certain brands of cars do seem to have a reputation, it does make you wonder if people would still see a driverless BMW or Audi as rude.