Wealthy Prius drivers can be huge jerks
A researcher says they are more likely to commit infractions behind the wheel than other car owners.
That's according to Paul Piff, a researcher with the Institute of Personality and Social Research at the University of California Berkeley. He published a paper in 2010 on his research into the relationship between bad driving habits and wealth, and he spoke to The New York Times recently about his findings.
Piff and his team staked out a crosswalk and an intersection in California and watched what happened when pedestrians and cars approached. What they found might not surprise anyone.
In a four-way stop intersection, the pricier cars were more likely to jump ahead when it wasn't their turn to go, Benjamin Preston writes in The New York Times.
The researchers also found that at crosswalks, female drivers were more likely to stop for pedestrians than men. All drivers were more likely to stop for a woman than for a man.
Piff also studied car makes and models in these environments and said BMW drivers are awful at crosswalks. "BMW drivers were the worst," he said.
Prius drivers are also horrible, especially with broader driving infractions. Not what you'd expect from the stereotype of the environmentally conscious, do-gooder Prius owner.
"In our higher-status vehicle category, Prius drivers had a higher tendency to commit infractions than most," Piff told the paper.
Piff has done other tests showing that the wealthy lean toward unethical behavior. He has found that wealthy people are more likely to admit that they would steal paper at work or cheat at a computer game of dice.
My classic experience:
While waiting my turn to go on a freeway onramp (I was a solo driver), this chick (a solo driver) in a BMW races up the Car Pool lane onto to the freeway. Her license plate read LILBRAT.
"Are rich Prius owners jerks?"
I cannot believe this question needed to be asked............
Rich people are mostly jerks, it doesn't matter what kind of car they drive.
I sometimes drive a 1993 Corvette on the weekend. I try to follow the rules and be polite in that car, because of the bad reputation some Corvette owners have. Just because a person drives a higher end vehicle, does not make them jerks. I have not even attempted to count the times I have been cut off by some POS truck!
Incidentally, I have only raced it twice. Once against a BMW that thought he had more than he did and once against some idiot kid in a Nissan Sentra. I gave him 3 lengths and shut him down. Don't know what he was thinking. Both times I felt like I had to defend the American car against some foreign make! Well, OK, that is BS, but it was as good an excuse I could think of at the time of the events!
I'm looking for a 30 year old Toyota Landcruiser Diesel. with gas at $5.50 a gallon and diesel about 80 cents cheaper I can't afford a gas guzzler and a Prius is out of the question as it would have to shipped back to the U.S. or elsewhere for repairs. Last night I got so drunk I had to take a bus home, I'd never driven a bus before.
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